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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AP Twitter Feed @AP Latest To Be Hacked, Bogus Report- Explosions At White House, Barack Obama Injured

By Susan Duclos

The Associated press official Twitter feed @AP, was hacked on Tuesday, the offered a tweet which said "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured—
The Associated Press (@AP) April 23, 2013"

Breitbart captured the screen shot and Twitchy captured the tweet, which at that time had been retweeted 2,111 times across the social media site.

The AP account was immediately suspended and their corporate account, @AP_CorpComm, immediately started doing damage control to correct the bogus tweet."

Three days ago, CBS News accounts for "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours," were also compromised by hackers.

A post on the "60 Minutes" Twitter microblog account, @60Minutes, said, "PLEASE NOTE: Our Twitter account was compromised earlier today. We are working with Twitter to resolve." Another post read, "A message that was posted earlier to this account was not written or sent by @60Minutes or its staff."

The Twitter account for @48Hours showed a similar message, and several blogs said a third account, @CBSDenver, also had been hacked.

Tech bloggers posted screenshots of fake posts that appeared under the CBS accounts, including one from @48Hours that read, "General Dempsey calls for #Obama's arrest under new anti-terror laws #48hours."

On its own official account, @CBSNews, the news organization said it had "experienced problems" on the other two accounts, and added, "Twitter is resolving issues."
While these are the most recent in news outlets social media accounts being hacked, back in 2011, Fox News Politics Twitter account and NBC News Twitter account were also hacked. The Fox hacked tweets reported falsely that Barack Obama had been assassinated. (Screen shots of those Fox News Politics hacked tweets at Huffington Post)

Over a year and a half ago  USA Today announced it's Twitter feed had been hacked.

In January 2012, Huffington Post's Twitter feed was hacked with celebrity news, animal photos and racist, homophobic tweets.

In February 2013, Twitter announced that approximately 250,000 accounts had been compromised.