And how:

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Needless to say, the tweet generated some buzz:


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.



Twitter has suspended the account for the time being:

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The AP has temporarily switched over to another account:



More details on the hacking from AP reporter Mike Baker:

The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility.




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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  • E L Frederick

    Maybe like Bill Clinton, the explosion was in his pants…

    • Rabid

      But unlike Bill…it was from the back side.(and NOT gas)

  • Spatial Awareness

    @AP Promises……. Promises……… >:^P

  • J. Campbell


  • Rachael

    Was their password ‘weheartobama’?

    • Canadian in USA


      • Michelle Lynne Falato-Eitelbac


      • Rabid

        Proof they learned nothing from Spaceballs.

        • Canadian in USA

          That reminds me…I need to change the combination on my luggage.

  • DanStlMo

    RT @AP We were hacked by the TeaParty.

  • Right Wired

    Ap’s password: WeLoveObama

  • Wes Stephens

    AP hacked by CNN?

  • $7610427

    Barrylove2013! #APpassword

  • therantinggeek

    Dear AP: Stop using commonly-guessed passwords. And do watch where your employees surf the Internet. :)

  • Right Wired

    AP! Stop it RT @AP I like big butts and I can not lie. You other brothers can’t deny.

  • $24698634

    Some folks have a real bad sense of humor.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Good work by Twitter blocking the account until it can be re-verified that it’s actually AP making the tweets… so when are they going to block @BarackObama, since OFA is actually using the account?

  • Debbie

    Don’t they know how to create a [email protected]$_w0rD? LOL

  • Peyton

    I wish the hackers had put “We will return to the Use of Illegal Immigrant”

  • Elke E. Wilhelm

    You sure it was a hacking? Maybe they know something we don’t know yet and were premature in “scooping” the story.