AP Twitter Hacking Highlights Need For Increased Online Security Measures

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Earlier this afternoon, hackers compromised the Twitter account of the Associated Press (AP) sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House.

“Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” the tweet said.

It was quickly revealed that the information was false and was, in fact, a result of the AP’s Twitter account being hacked. Though the AP account was quickly suspended, the dramatic tweet was retweeted over 4,800 times within minutes sending panic to the stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged dramatically by more than 140 points, exemplifying just how much impact a single tweet can have.

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