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Carney: President is 'fine' after hacked AP tweet

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The bogus tweet briefly set off a firestorm of confusion on the microblogging service.

"Earlier this afternoon the @AP Twitter account was hacked. Out of a sense of caution, we have suspended other AP Twitter feeds," said Paul Colford, director of AP media relations, in a statement. "We are working with Twitter to sort this out.”

In its own report, the AP said the hacker attack on its Twitter account and mobile Twitter account were preceded by phishing attempts on the wire service's corporate network.

For phishing attacks, hackers send people malware-laced messages that appear to be from people they know in an attempt to compromise their computer and get access to their passwords and other information.

During his daily press briefing, White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the president is "fine."

At the top of the briefing, AP reporter Julie Pace — who traditionally asks the first question of Carney — noted that the wire service's Twitter feed had been hacked and was posting "obviously false" reports.

Carney thanked her for the clarification.

"I appreciate that," Carney told Pace. "And I can say that the president is fine, I was just with him."

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