News organisations like Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc have been reporting that they are under constant cyber attacks. They are under cyber attacks for years and it is only now that they have discovered about these cyber attacks.
A cyber attack against news organisation is one thing and misusing and abusing their platforms after compromising the same is another thing. In a recent incidence, crackers have compromised the Twitter accounts of the Associated Press. They did not stop here and they sent false tweets about at attack at the White House. The tweet mentioned that there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama was injured.
Meanwhile the Twitter account of AP has been suspended and AP is working to resolve the issue. The tweet has also impacted the stock market of U.S that briefly sent the Dow Jones industrial average sharply lower. The Dow fell 143 points, from 14,697 to 14,554, after the fake Twitter posting, and then quickly recovered.
Although the Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for the incidence yet it has not been corroborate till now. FBI has taken cognizance of the matter and it has started an investigation in this regard.
In a similar incidence, CBS News confirmed that its “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” Twitter accounts were compromised. These accounts are suspended as on date.