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A stock market and a nation already on edge was temporarily knocked off its axis on Tuesday by a single fake tweet.
Following a hack attack, 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.
On Tuesday, the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for hacking the Associated Press' verified Twitter account, which it used to issue a short-lived but potentially disastrous tweet, falsely reporting two explosions at the White House and injury to the president. Though the fraud was quickly exposed, the tweet caused a sudden 140-point dip in the Dow Industrial Average.
But a single Tweet sinking the market? It's just the latest sign that lies now spread on the Internet as fast as computer viruses, and can have just as much impact... Twitter's surge to mainstream popularity — it now boasts 140 million U.S. accounts — has made it an incredible source of on-the-spot information, but also the world's most powerful rumor-mongering tool.
It's incredible what a single 12-word lie can do.
Originally posted by iunlimited491
It looks like the S.E.A. (SyrianElectronicArmy) is at it again! Coming just days after the same group claimed responsibility for the hacking of several CBS twitter accounts, the S.E.A. is now taking responsibility for hacking the Twitter account of the AssociatedPress', and sending out one tweet that sent shock-waves through the public, as well as the financial markets.
S.E.A, I don't think so. Fake tweet,agreed. Non existing phatom menace.This is of no benifit to Syria. For God'S sake we all know the Obi Administration want's all in.Cut the crap.
Originally posted by redoubt
reply to post by iunlimited491
Fake AP tweet reveals nation on edge over terror
What it reveals is a stock market that would crash and burn if someone tweeted that Big Bird ended up in the local KFC, lol.