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Hackers compromise AP Twitter account, sends stocks plunging

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Tweet from the Associated Press while its account was hacked Tuesday. Tweet from the Associated Press while its account was hacked Tuesday.
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Hackers 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's Twitter account was suspended following a hack and said it was working to correct the issue.

The cyberattack is the latest in a string targeting international media organizations.

The tweet put out by hackers briefly sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply lower.  It rebounded almost immediately when the tweet was proved erroneous. 

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