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Oof: AP’s Twitter account hacked, reports explosions in the WH; Updated

And how:

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Needless to say, the tweet generated some buzz:

I’m a few blocks from the White House. I didn’t hear any explosions, FWIW.

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) April 23, 2013

Looks like was AP hacked. Very unfortunate for them.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) April 23, 2013

RT @ap: Glee is a good show

— rob delaney (@robdelaney) April 23, 2013

RT @ap Turns out Obamacare sucks, our bad

— ADPE (@ADPEfferson) April 23, 2013

We’ll know the @ap has been hacked when @cnn verifies the news.

— Political Math (@politicalmath) April 23, 2013

I don’t believe the @ap was hacked. I think it was an accidental tweet for a yet-to-be-staged #falseflag opp. AP, Obama & Bibi N behind it.

— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) April 23, 2013

Whoa. AP just tweeted out a pic of Anthony Weiner’s junk.

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) April 23, 2013

Yes, ignore the @ap tweets. That’s what they want you to do, sheeple.

— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) April 23, 2013

AP is obviously hacked. It doesn’t conform to their style.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) April 23, 2013


AP writer Sam Hananel confirms that the account was hacked:

Please Ignore AP Tweet on explosions, we’ve been hacked.

— Sam Hananel (@SamHananelAP) April 23, 2013

As does the AP’s media relations team:

That is a bogus @ap tweet.

— AP CorpComm (@AP_CorpComm) April 23, 2013

Something to keep in mind:

BTW, if God forbid, something bad happened at the White House, you would be getting Tweets from all sorts of folks nearby, not just @ap.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) April 23, 2013

Hopefully they’ll be more careful next time. Yeesh.

What the actual fuck, @ap ? Get a better password. Ridiculous.

— LilMissRightie (@LilMissRightie) April 23, 2013



Twitter has suspended the account for the time being:

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Yikes. RT @geeknik: @heminator Twitter just suspended the account. 😉

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) April 23, 2013

The AP has temporarily switched over to another account:

While AP deals with this hacking business, they are tweeting from @apentertainment in the meantime.

— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) April 23, 2013



All of @ap‘s Twitter accounts will be suspended until we can be assured of their security

— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) April 23, 2013

More details on the hacking from AP reporter Mike Baker:

The @ap hack came less than an hour after some of us received an impressively disguised phishing email.

— Mike Baker (@MikeBakerAP) April 23, 2013

AP story: “hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists”

— Mike Baker (@MikeBakerAP) April 23, 2013

More hacked tweets from a different AP account. These ones reference Syria:…

— Mike Baker (@MikeBakerAP) April 23, 2013

The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility.



BREAKING: Secret Service will take “appropriate” follow-up steps with @ap twitter hacking

— Alyssa Zahler (@AZahler) April 23, 2013


The AP’s primary Twitter account was restored on Wednesday morning.

The @ap Twitter account, which was suspended after being hacked, has been secured and is back up. Thank you for your patience. – @ericcarvin

— The Associated Press (@AP) April 24, 2013

The false tweet about White House explosions had not been deleted when the account reappeared.

Followers of @ap: Our account was unsuspended by @twitter, but we’re still working to secure it and remove the false tweet.

— Eric Carvin (@EricCarvin) April 24, 2013

It was removed several minutes later.

An update on @ap: The false tweet has been removed and the account will be up and running normally soon.

— Eric Carvin (@EricCarvin) April 24, 2013



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