Oof: AP’s Twitter account hacked, reports ‘two explosions in the White House’; Update: Account suspended; Update: Account restored

And how:

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Needless to say, the tweet generated some buzz:

Heh.

AP writer Sam Hananel confirms that the account was hacked:

As does the AP’s media relations team:

Something to keep in mind:

Hopefully they’ll be more careful next time. Yeesh.

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Update:

Twitter has suspended the account for the time being:

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The AP has temporarily switched over to another account:

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Update:

More details on the hacking from AP reporter Mike Baker:

The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility.

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Update:

Update:

The AP’s primary Twitter account was restored on Wednesday morning.

The false tweet about White House explosions had not been deleted when the account reappeared.

It was removed several minutes later.

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