The Associated Press' main Twitter account was taken over Tuesday by hackers who sent out a fake tweet saying two explosions had gone off at the White House, injuring President Obama.
Within minutes, the real AP used other accounts at its disposal to tweet that the attack message was bogus and Twitter shut down the @AP account.
"The (at)AP twitter account has been hacked," the news service warned. "A tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise on acct. status," the news agency tweeted from its @APStylebook account.
Twitter also suspended the news agency's @AP_Mobile account to prevent more false news from spreading. Around 11 a.m. PDT, the agency's @AP_Politics account said all AP Twitter accounts would be suspended until the organization could be "assured of their security."