Two-step Twitter security system is questioned after a fake tweet is sent out

Two-step Twitter security system is questioned after a fake tweet is sent out

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On Tuesday, a fake tweet was sent across Twitter stating that there had been an explosion in the White House, which injured Barack Obama.

The tweet was sent from Associated Press (AP) Twitter account. As of right now all but one AP account has been suspended and is undergoing security check.

The false tweet reported, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.”

“I think the hackers might have believed that since the Boston bombing had occurred then people would believe this as well,” said junior Jessica Real.

Twitter users immediately reacted to the fake news causing confusion; luckily Associated Press quickly responded and posted, “That is a bogus @AP tweet,” minutes after it had happened.

“I don’t understand why someone would do something like that…to me it seems like they are trying to scare people and cause a mess,” said sophomore Adelyn Yau

Fortunately, the Syrian Electronic Army (Syrian armed forces) claimed and took responsibility for the attack.

Since Twitter only has a two-step security system, it allows accounts to be hacked easily. Some Carlmont students for example say that their accounts have been hacked in the past as well.

“I think this just goes to show how you can’t trust anything on the internet. I think it is so easy to get a hold of someone’s personal information nowadays which makes it dangerous, especially for teenagers,” said senior Sydney Smith.

Since the occurrence of this incident, Twitter is creating a new security system with hopes to prevent this event from reoccurring.