Associated Press Twitter Was Hacked

130423135400-ap-twitter-account-hacked-620xaUSA Today made a timeline of the Associated Press Hacking that happened on April 23rd, 2012 and it’s awesome! It is vivid, engaging, and organized. The link is attached below.

The Associated Press, with over 1.9 million followers, was hacked a few weeks ago stating “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” by the Syrian Electronic Army.

It caused The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops more than 150 points. Although it only lasted for five minutes, it shocked the nation that Twitter could have such a big affect on the economy. It makes the public question whether companies should still state official business on Twitter. This also suggests that Twitter has very little security, due to the number of cyber attacks on numerous accounts.

Nonetheless, AP employee, Sam Hananel quickly tweeted that “Please Ignore AP Tweet on explosions, we’ve been hacked.” Other AP accounts tweet stating that the official AP Twitter account had been hacked. The Dow bounces back to its original standing. A few hours later the AP posts a story that there were phishing attempts, stealing money through cyber attacks, on AP’s corporate network.


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