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Fake tweet about bombing of White House sends stocks reeling

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The story is HERE:

Someone hacked the Associated Press’ Twitter account today, and tweeted that two bombs had just gone off at the White House and the President was injured.

As a result, the Dow Jones plummeted more than 120 points, surely costing someone a good amount of money, while others gained.

The AP immediately put out a correction, informing people that the tweet was false and their account had been hacked.

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4 Comments

  1. Craig Knauss

    I wonder if it’s not more than just a prank. Someone who was poised to buy stocks during the sudden plummet would make a healthy profit when the prices rebounded. To catch the culprit – “Follow the money.”

  2. Someone put out a rumor about Zynga being purchased by BIDU and even wrote a press release. I would think the FBI or whatever agency that is over that venue would look into that.

  3. Just goes to show how vulnerable and fragile the stock market is to internet tomfoolery.L

  4. I would think the secret service would be on this story. I would think that tweet would have a very traceable beginning.

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