AP Twitter account hacked, posts false White House scare

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posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:27 PM
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AP Twitter account hacked, posts false White House scare


www.nbcnews.com

Following a hack attack by an unknown perpetrator, the Associated Press' verified Twitter account posted "an erroneous tweet" claiming that two explosions occurred in the White House and that President Barack Obama is injured. Moments later, the @AP Twitter account — with nearly 2 million followers — was suspended.
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posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:27 PM
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Multiple Explosions at White House! Obama Hurt! ....except, this never happened.

This is breaking world wide across all major media outlets right now, which leaves me surprised to be the first to bring it there. I believe this is an incredibly powerful lesson in sourcing and checking things out. Sources matter. They matter in everything.

Here though? We had the Associated Press itself as the "Source" yet how can this be? Hackers are how. The A.P., to their great credit, caught this and started damage control just as quickly as they could manage it. However, the US financial markets still took a hard HARD hit before understanding this was a HOAX and flat out never happened.

Amazing and scary how quickly such "news" can impact real world events and markets, isn't it? This had only been on the AP hacked feed for a matter of minutes.

That's all the time it took.

www.nbcnews.com
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posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:32 PM
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What if this really happend and theres a cover up in progress
If obama came back from the dead then he must be the antichrist



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:38 PM
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lol,, if only it were true



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:40 PM
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Nah they just call in a clone it only needs a little programming.


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posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:40 PM
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Be aware that the stock market took a "flash crash" hit, dropping over 250 points within a few minutes, supposedly in response to this story.

I don't buy it. More like they had the flash crash planned, and used the AP hacking as a cover. Just sayin'.....

ibankcoin.com...



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:43 PM
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/me wonders who made money from the crash



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:49 PM
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Originally posted by dc4lifeskater
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/me wonders who made money from the crash


None of the little investors (we're called "muppets" by the big money boys), I can assure you. Only somebody who had this PLANNED and was informed ahead of time did. More evidence of total corruption at some very high levels.



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:52 PM
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This reminds me of those poeple who hacked something and made some reports or did something and the stock market crashed and they made a bunch of money.. Was that a movie or did that really happen.. I feel like it was a movie?



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:53 PM
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Originally posted by FissionSurplus
Be aware that the stock market took a "flash crash" hit, dropping over 250 points within a few minutes, supposedly in response to this story.

I don't buy it. More like they had the flash crash planned, and used the AP hacking as a cover. Just sayin'.....

ibankcoin.com...


Damn, you really went there...

The government is responsible for dropping the stock market 250 points?

No, they(the government nor AP) did not have this planed to crash the market 250 points, that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Just Sayin'.....
edit on 23-4-2013 by retirednature because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:57 PM
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I think the impact on the stock market, as short lived as it was and corrected in short order, is a sign of the underlying issue brought to light in this. Not so much the cause or a hidden motive. The markets have reacted in mere moments and with dramatic swings to major world news events in the past. That part isn't remarkable for being unique.

It's quite a statement that the source of that upheaval was a single one, and a tweet feed at that. Now, there is nothing against Twitter as a source of information. Whatever it started as, it has become as much an outlet used by officials and Governments as by private citizens telling their routine life details, one short note at a time.

It's exploded in recent years for everything from the State Department releasing travel advisories to the news wire services, to my son's school district informing parents of breaking developments on a storm day or other unusual occurrence.

What strikes me here is that reactions came from the single source of news. My first reaction, albeit as a dedicated news hound, would be to immediately initiate the opening of over a dozen new tabs that lead to the leading world wire and news services. Within a moment of good internet connection, I'd be able to quickly see just who had what, and corroboration to a story...if any.

I wonder how some of those folks feel now that reacted in such a rash way without further checking outside and secondary sources? I wonder if those people will make that mistake again? Something tells me they won't ....until time has passed to forget the pain of this one, anyway.


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posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 01:57 PM
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Yes how dare he imply there might be an angle to this story on a conspiracy forum?
Let's ban him.

/sarcasm.

What is this forum coming to, if you have to get insulted when doubting an official story.



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 02:00 PM
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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000


Multiple Explosions at White House! Obama Hurt! ....except, this never happened.

This is breaking world wide across all major media outlets right now, which leaves me surprised to be the first to bring it there. I believe this is an incredibly powerful lesson in sourcing and checking things out. Sources matter. They matter in everything.

Here though? We had the Associated Press itself as the "Source" yet how can this be? Hackers are how. The A.P., to their great credit, caught this and started damage control just as quickly as they could manage it. However, the US financial markets still took a hard HARD hit before understanding this was a HOAX and flat out never happened.

Amazing and scary how quickly such "news" can impact real world events and markets, isn't it? This had only been on the AP hacked feed for a matter of minutes.

That's all the time it took.

www.nbcnews.com
(visit the link for the full news article)


As for the market . . . if you had a $40 billion a month allowance and news came out that your benefactor was injured and his house was all blowed up, you'd drop faster than the market did today!!!!!



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 02:10 PM
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Crazy times... that could have been a lot worse than a drop in stocks though. I'm disgusted the market managed to drop in 4 minutes.. If I had seen that story my 1st instinct wouldn't be sell sell sell, that's disgusting.



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 02:12 PM
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Kinda wish they would have hacked the Potus's twitter account that would have been epic.

Altho I can't stand hackers, for reasons like that, hacking,cyber "warfare" is the greatest danger we face today with our over dependence on technology including "news".
edit on 23-4-2013 by neo96 because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 02:28 PM
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Well put, Kali. I'd missed the first blast of this story before it was corrected and that became the story. I'm glad I did, too. Like you, my first thoughts would never have been for my bank balance or my investments, such as they are.

I may not love the man who leads our nation. I may even really dislike the guy for this performance as I've viewed it. I'd never wish anything personally bad upon him or his family though. My first reaction, tamped down hard while I hunted for corroboration and details, would be a gut dropping sick feeling of "no no no ...not this.. ANYTHING but this...'!

I can't imagine a worse thing to have happen to our nation at such a precarious time in it's history than to have a tragedy like Kennedy ...and in this day and age? Oh, so much worse. It would be so VERY much worse ..wouldn't it?

Thank God this did turn out to be nothing but the twisted imaginings of a hacker ...and hopefully, the loss of material wealth some people took in their blatant display of personal priorities will be a cautionary note for all to ponder.



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 02:35 PM
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Well said, I don't disagree with everything he does and says but enough so that he lost my vote but that's beside the point really. If such a story had been real, I can't even contemplate the aftermath. It's not a scenario I'd welcome regardless of who is at the helm.



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 02:45 PM
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These are becoming more and more popular. I am just curious as to who is responsible for the attack.

Of course now a days the term "hacker" or "hacking" is someone cracking a poor password and changing and falsifying information... I would hardly call that hacking...

-SAP-



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 02:53 PM
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Originally posted by SloAnPainful
I am just curious as to who is responsible for the attack.





The group Syrian Electronic Army, behind previous hacks of the BBC and CBS News, claimed responsibility for the false message on its website.


politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com...
edit on 23-4-2013 by LeatherNLace because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 03:28 PM
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It's ridiculous to you because you do not understand how high frequency trading works. You really 'went there' and exposed your ignorance as to how things really work on Wall Street. Sorry to burst your bubble.

You also fail to get my point. It wasn't AP, or the government, that did this. Where did that come from??? More reading comprehension and less knee-jerk reactionary statements would be nice.
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