Anyone that follows the Associated Press on Twitter just heard "news" of an unprecedented national crisis. "Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured," the AP's account tweeted moments ago. Thankfully onlookers were quick to call fake on the tweet, no doubt aided by the fact that no other news agencies are currently reporting a dire situation at the White House. The formatting is also uncharacteristic of the style guide-enforcing AP, with a bizarre capitalization of "Explosions" and referring to the president by his first name. The news wire has since confirmed it's account has been hijacked, referring to the tweet in question as "bogus."
But effects of the major hack — not the first to impact a news agency on Twitter — are already being felt. The Dow plummeted nearly 100 points following the worrying tweet.