The Twitter account for the Associated Press was hacked on Tuesday, with the attackers posting a false report about explosions at the White House.
"Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured," the @AP Twitter feed tweeted yesterday afternoon.
The account has since been suspended. Minutes after the offending tweet appeared, the AP took to its Facebook page to say that "the Associated Press Twitter account (@AP) has been hacked. Please do not respond to news posted there in the last 20 minutes."
AP reporter Julie Pace also confirmed at today's White House press briefing that the account was hacked, CBS's Mark Knoller tweeted.
In a later update, the AP said the Twitter attack "came after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists," but did not elaborate.
The hack, of course, comes just over a week after the Boston Marathon bombings, and one day after Canadian officials said they had thwarted a major attack on transportation systems there. The AP tweet got hundreds of re-tweets shortly after it was posted, though many immediately suggested that the feed had been hacked.
Over the weekend, the Twitter accounts of 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and a Denver CBS affiliate were also hacked.
The @CBSDenver feed tweeted: "WMDs Provided by NATO to Al-Qaeda for a False Flag Operation in Syria" and "New Evidence of CIA Arming Al Qaeda Terrorists in #Syria." The @60Minutes feed, meanwhile, accused President Obama of being "shamelessly in bed" with Al-Qaeda in a tweet that included a link to the political action committee for Lyndon LaRouche.
The @CBSDenver feed is back online, but the @60Minutes and @48Hours accounts are still suspended.
In 2011, on the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the NBC News Twitter account was also compromised and tweeted a fake message about an attack at Ground Zero.
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