Did you see the tweet that came from the Associated Press Twitter account earlier today?
The tweet claimed The White House was under an attack of some sort and that the President Obama was injured. Coming so soon after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, many folks believed it and retweeted it.
And All Things D reports U.S. stocks tanked momentarily because of it. “U.S. stocks on the S&P 500 dove briefly on the news by an average of about 13 points, before sharply recovering to roughly where they were before.” Yikes.
Who would do such a thing? The “Syrian Electronic Army” apparently:
And released this statement:
So we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
This whole thing just goes to show you shouldn’t take everything you see on Twitter as 100% true the first instant you read it (though we all still will).
And is YOUR password secure? Might want to add a few more number/letter/symbols to it just to be on the safe side. Hopefully this hasn’t moved us one step closer to a two-step verification process, but maybe that’s necessary?
(Hacker image from Shutterstock)
- Twitter Emergency Alerts Now Available In The U.S., UK, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Australia And Brazil
- Twitter's Jack Dorsey Ranks 11th Amongst 50 People Who Changed Our Lives In 2013
- Twitter Changed Its Policy On Blocking Accounts... And Changed It Back Within A Few Hours
- The Most Retweeted Tweet Of 2013 Was...