Associated Press Twitter Hack

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The official Associated Press Twitter was suspended earlier this week when hackers accessed the account and tweeted that President Obama was injured during an explosion at the White House.

It was later revealed that the intention of the hackers was to obtain the passwords of other AP journalists. AP staffer Mike Baker tweeted shortly after that the hack followed a phishing e-mail sent out to employees.  The hackers were later revealed to be the Syrian Electronic Army, later taking credit on the Associated Press’ mobile twitter account.

I follow the Associated Press on Twitter, and when I saw this tweet and read the replies it seemed like people caught on quickly to the fact that the tweet was bogus from the start.

Even though that was the case, there is something to be said about the dangers of social media and how people have come to rely on it.  Misinformation spreads much…

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