The account tweeted a false attack on the white House.
The Twitter account of Associated Press was compromised by hackers on Tuesday, sending out a false tweet about an attack at the White House.
Few minutes after the ‘malicious’ tweet was posted, the Twitter account was suspended by Twitter. But the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly lowered.
The ‘fake’ tweet said there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama was injured.
AP confirmed that its Twitter account had been suspended following the hack and said it was working with Twitter to resolve the hack.
“The attack on AP’s Twitter account and the AP Mobile Twitter account was preceded by phishing attempts on AP’s corporate network,” the news agency reported on its website.
AP spokesman, Paul Colford, said the attack was limited to the twitter account.
The attack come hours after the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter’s Twitter account was hacked and messages saying he had resigned was reposted.