AP Twitter hacked, how to protect your account

6:12 AM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- The Associated Press Twitter account was suspended Tuesday afternoon after a bogus Tweet went out claiming two explosions at the White House, resulting in injuries to President Barack Obama.

A flurry of tweets from other news agencies quickly confirmed that the information was bogus and that the AP account had, indeed, been hacked.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, at the beginning of the White House Daily Briefing Tuesday, said that the president is fine and that there have been no incidents at the White House.

According to the AP, the tweet sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply lower for a brief period.

The news sent the Dow plunging about 150 points but it quickly recovered.

This is the most recent in a series of Twitter hackings. As expected Twitter was all a flurry after the post and AP issued a statement saying it was working with Twitter to sort things out.

In February Atlanta's Mayor Reed's account was hacked
This tweet was sent out "wrong number, this is a welfare phone now. You using up my text".

Other recent fake tweets that month - Burger King tweeted 'the whopper flopped'.   Jeep tweeted they'd 'sold out to Cadillac'.

Here's what you can do to protect your online account:

  • Twitter says you must use "good password hygiene". That means at least 10 characters, upper and lower case, numbers and symbols. It should be different than passwords on other sites. 
  • Beware of typing in password when using a public wifi or shared computer 
  • But the biggest compromise comes from 3rd party applications. See who has access to your account by clicking account, then apps. You can revoke access to any you don't want or don't recognize.


Twitter is reported to be working a two factor authentication login; that's a security tool that would require a login and another piece of data or code sent via text or email. That news came after Twitters own systems were hacked earlier this year.

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