Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press
LONDON — Hackers have compromised the main Twitter account of The Associated Press, sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House.
The tweet, which said that there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured, came after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists.
The AP said it was working to correct the issue.
The cyberattack is the latest in a string targeting international media organizations.
The AP released the following statement at 1:12 p.m.: "The (at)AP twitter account has been hacked. The tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise more as soon as possible."
The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 150 points after the fake Twitter posting, then quickly recovered.
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