April 23rd, 2013
01:56 PM ET
2 years ago

A false tweet heard around the web

(CNN) – A tweet by the nation’s largest newswire about a catastrophe at the White House was nearly immediately shot down as false on Tuesday.

The Associated Press message read, "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured."

The group Syrian Electronic Army, behind previous hacks of the BBC and CBS News, claimed responsibility for the false message on its website.

While some took the post seriously, other Twitter users seemed to recognize the message as false almost immediately. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped sharply on the news however, though quickly regained its losses when the report was deemed false.

At the daily White House briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney noted the president was fine.

"I was just with him," Carney added.

The AP's White House Correspondent Julie Pace also noted the tweet was the result of a hacked account.

"It appears as though AP's Twitter account has been hacked, so anything that was just sent out about any incident at the White House is obviously false," she said.

The official AP Twitter account, @AP, was listed as "suspended" on the social media site soon after the erroneous Tweet was sent.

Multiple news organizations and reporters have dealt with hackers on Twitter in the past, including CBS News earlier this week.


Filed under: President Obama • Twitter
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Dumbo

    So why hasn't Obama come out to say he's okay instead of Jay Carney. I smell a cover up. They must have messed up their false flag operation.

    April 23, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Andy

    If it's on Twitter, is has to be true!

    April 23, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    LOL Media.

    Try serious reportage and permanently suspend "Twitter" accounts, and you'll be embarrassed far less often.

    April 23, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. great

    Sure it was. Paving the way for CISPA. I can hear it now coming out of that little dweed snake Carney's mouth: "In light of recent events... the president has decided NOT to veto CISPA in the interests of national security. This type of misinformation is dangerous, and divisive. Now get out of your house at gunpoint so we can search it for a 19 year old weak minded drug user who is at a party posting from twitter miles and miles away."

    April 23, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Uri Nation

    I wonder how much money the hackers made in that 5 minute timeframe?

    April 23, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. T. Lee

    Seems like many systems are being tested for ease of penetration and use to serve an anti-US long term agenda.

    All of these incidents (and the constant probing for holes in the protective screens provided by law enforcement and US security agencies) may be just the beginning of an onslaught of attacks on many levels

    April 23, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Lee

    Someone hacked the AP Twitter account and put out a message that the White House had been bombed and the President was wounded. Fortunately, it was all a hoax, and the press secretary said Pres. Obama is fine. In fact, he was having his best round of golf this week during the supposed attack.

    April 23, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    The saddest part is that most of us probably find it suprising that CNN and the rest of the MSM didn't just start mindlessly regurgitating it ad nauseum as truth and then have to walk it back.

    April 23, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Solomon Walker

    I firmly believe that this ridiculousness is being solicited from the White House staff to distract from other matters, as a matter of politics.

    April 23, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. ST

    @Dumbo
    The President couldn't come out himself and say that he is OK, as it would be like giving a green light to hackers to continue with their dirty games every now and then. He has more important and pressing issues to deal with instead.

    April 23, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    There's a joke about chili somewhere in this, I'm sure of it....

    April 23, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. wafffles

    Suggesting that the hacking of the Associated Press twitter account highlights a vulnerability of US defenses is like saying the vault at your local bank isn't safe to store valuables in because someone posted a picture of their butt on the bulletin board at the Starbucks next door.

    April 23, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. me

    it's sad that something as (truly) useless as twitter can affect financial markets

    April 23, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Raymond

    Something as to be done about those kinds of thinks they will put peoples on edge frm Can... Qc

    April 23, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. JD

    quick question as I genuinely do not know, but why would the DOW Jones drop just on speculative information that there was an explosion in the white house? Then to find out it's false...whooop, DOW Jones goes back up....

    April 23, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Truth

    We should ALL know that this report was completely false based on the fact that he would have to actually be at the White House working and not on the golf course. Since we know he doesn't work, he could not therefore be at the White House...

    April 23, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. stating the obvious

    george bush did it. why stop now lefties?

    April 23, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. CISPA

    This was an easy one folks. Another staged event to push CISPA along through the Senate. Not being sarcastic either.

    April 23, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Uri Nation

    It was about manipulating the stock markets for 5 minutes. Long enough for the hackers to make millions.

    April 23, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. A Kickin` Donkey

    The speed of computers id fine but I hope this episode serves to FORCE us to have physical circuit-breakers in place that would prevent ACTIONS from being automatically initiated based on "hacked info". How close are we to launching a ballistic missile based on a Twiiter feed? How close are wee to shooting down an airliner because of bogus information? Let`s discoonect some of the computer links. I can live with somethings taking 2 / 5 / 15 minutes longer if it dramatically improves the integrity of the information.

    April 23, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "it's sad that something as (truly) useless as twitter can affect financial markets"

    Yeah, but confidence fairies and pixie dust, etc. etc.

    April 23, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Uri Nation

    It was about manipulating the stock markets for 5 minutes. Long enough for the hackers to make millions.
    -----–
    Unlikely... the SEC would find any questionable trades made in those 5 minutes and the perps would be found in short order.

    April 23, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Bill D

    Jay Carney already announced that Obama was on the golf course at the time and was not hurt.

    April 23, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Lee

    Someone hacked the AP Twitter account and put out a message that the White House had been bombed and the President was wounded. Fortunately, it was all a hoax, and the press secretary said Pres. Obama is fine. In fact, he was having his best round of golf this week during the supposed attack.
    ******************
    Nice. His predecessor literally spent a third of his 2 terms in office goofing off, and you continue this fiction about Obama being lazy. I guess it fits in with your "liberals have never worked a day in their lives" narrative that helps keep your anger stoked, even though you excuse it when there is an abundance of it on your side.

    April 23, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Catmandew

    Obama wasn't home so the hackers left a note they'll be back next week to try again!

    April 23, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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