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Hacked AP Tweet of Fake White House Attack Sends Stocks Sliding

A hacked, fake tweet from The Associated Press sent markets briefly sliding Tuesday before the world's oldest and largest news agency confirmed it was bogus.

The AP had its Twitter account shut down after the attack, which falsely claimed that there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Obama was injured. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 145 points between 1:08 p.m. EDT and 1:10 p.m. after the tweet, the Wall Street Journal reported. But it has since bounced back, well into positive territory.

The AP quickly posted a story on its website saying its Twitter account and the AP Mobile Twitter account were attacked after phishing attempts on AP's corporate network.

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