Wow: Dow briefly tanks after AP’s Twitter account hacked, reports explosions at WH [pic]

Whoa! As Twitchy reported, the Associated Press’ Twitter account was hacked. A tweet was sent out from AP’s Twitter feed that claimed there were explosions at the White House, and that President Obama had been injured.

The Dow tanked moments after the hacked tweet was tweeted out.

The power of Twitter. Wow.

Update: Twitter reacts as only it can.


  • tony greene

    oh well #eff them too

  • Spatial Awareness

    we’re screwed.

  • TJ

    It shows how much the Dow is a bubble right now. If one fake tweet can do that, it would be a epic crash if something horrible like that was real. They would have to suspend trading to stop the fall as it would hit triggers of 5% to 10% in a matter of minutes not seconds.

  • Right Wired

    I thought it would have spiked 1%.

    • RblDiver

      Heh, didn’t see this, you beat me by a minute 😛

  • RblDiver

    I don’t understand this…with an administration so unfriendly to business, shouldn’t the markets have SPIKED?

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      First word of the explanation: Biden.

      Second word of the explanation: Uncertainty.

      The fumbler-in-chief is a known entity, and with the current congress, somewhat hobbled. Nobody knows what would be the case with Biden – and that’s absolutely nobody, including Biden itself and everybody who ever was near it…

      • Edward Traxler

        Amazing to me that Biden is known for being an idiot (or something very similar) .. and he was elected. That says something about our political process.

        • Clod Cadiddlehopper

          He was placed, not elected. The sad part is that soretto was elected twice.

    • Johnny Blade

      Obama has fed Wallstreet billions in taxpayer funds… the democrats have always been protectionists when it comes to certain entities.

    • Avey Owyns

      “Ding dong the witch is dead…”

  • Face Paw

    These social media champions need to get over themselves. The Dow dropped not because of the tweet, but because what the tweet said. The same thing would’ve happened if a CNN reporter reported a false story again.

    • Karl Morey

      But the point is that this *was* a tweet, and not CNN or NBC or any of the other networked alphabet-soups going on TV.

      Besides, this was the Associated Press, not a random citizen. Granted, it was hacked, but…

  • Jimi Kyle

    if you knew this ahead of time you could make lots of money. Follow the trail

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      That IS a possible angle to this, yes…

  • Killer Social Media

    Obozo probably tried to light a joint while he was sitting on the crapper.

  • Ron Morisseau

    Explosions in the White House sound like Al Roker returned

  • Killer Social Media

    The AP is pretty useless at reporting in the first place.

  • Christiani Avitable

    Just another reason for them to push CISPA

    • oconnellc

      Wow You really don’t understand CISPA, do you?

  • Clancie

    Why would it take at potential good news? (for any FBI agents reading and not investigating terror suspects, it’s a joke)

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Seen online: “To those who use trailing stops…our condolences”

  • Hal Fast

    The dow show have spiked by 10,000 percent with news like that. Heck, at least it was just an injury. If he was impeached, and imprisoned for treason, and biden physically removed by the we the people as the constitution allows, the dow would have spiked 100,000%. :)

    • BeeKaaay

      Then Biden would be in charge, and he’s a nightmare to the markets. That’s why it crashed.

      If both of them were out of commission, then MAYBE the market would rise.

  • Guest

    The sales of champagne rose sharply, until the story was exposed as a lie.

  • sb36695

    Looks like Obama is in bed with Wall Street.

  • Elke E. Wilhelm

    Was this a case of “hacking” or of the AP testing the waters?

  • BeeKaaay

    Will the SEC investigate the hackers and put them in prison for manipulating the market?