Winter Donation Drive

We're in our 16th year of exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit and need you now more than ever. Can you spare $20 for 2020? If so, then please donate today and read more about why we need your help.

Read time: 1 minute

Hacked AP Twitter Account Starts White House Attack Rumor; Markets Tank

Someone thought it would be cute to hack the AP's Twitter Account and post a message that the White House had been bombed. Markets reacted quickly. Too quickly.

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 12.08.59 PM.png

That is a real tweet sent out by the real Associated Press account, but the AP didn't write it or send it. It seems the account was hacked by a group calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army.

It took about 30 seconds for savvy Twitter users to figure out the hack, comparing style and syntax to normal AP tweets, but the markets had already reacted.


The AP says their accounts had been the targets of repeated phishing attempts over the past few days.

The false tweet said there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama was injured. The attack on AP's Twitter account and the AP Mobile Twitter account was preceded by phishing attempts on AP's corporate network.

Market loss in that short 100-point dip was estimated to be $100 billion or so. They bounced right back as soon as the tweet was confirmed to be the result of a hack, but it certainly highlights how real time information flows can be used to game the markets. I'll be interested to discover whether anyone profited from that brief dip in stock values.

Winter Donation Drive

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $20 for 2020? Please consider a one time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

Via PayPal:
Or mail checks to:
PO BOX 66310
Los Angeles, CA 90066

More C&L Coverage


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.