Well, wonder no more. The SEA, which describes itself as “a group of enthusiastic Syrian youths who could not stay passive towards the massive distortion of facts about the recent uprising in Syria,” claims it hacked the AP’s Twitter account and sent out the tweet falsely reporting an explosion in the White House:

https://twitter.com/Official_SEA6/status/326746641451327488

Initial reaction to the tweet briefly sent the Dow plunging, much to the delight of the SEA’s fans:

https://twitter.com/gi_syrian/status/326749064731447296

https://twitter.com/el_resistencia/status/326750894869839872

https://twitter.com/joenaidhie/status/326755923395756032

https://twitter.com/lkh0ja/status/326748385858187264

Uh, OK.

Good question.

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Just so everyone’s clear where these “enthusiastic Syrian youths'” loyalties lie:

https://twitter.com/Official_SEA6/status/326775780195594240

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