Stocks fall after AP Twitter account hacked

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AP Hack Stock PricesSAN DIEGO — Hackers used the Associated Press Twitter account to send out a false tweet about an attack on the White House, briefly causing stock prices to tumble Tuesday.

The Associated Press said it had suspended its Twitter account after a tweet went out at about 10 a.m. with the following message: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured”

The AP said the false tweet went out after hackers repeatedly tried to steal the passwords of AP journalists. Apparently, the finally succeeded.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly dropped more than 100 points after the tweet went out, but stock prices quickly recovered.