April 24th, 2013

AP Changes Password

One hacked tweet yesterday and the DOW plunges 100 points, only to regain it all in a matter of minutes. The AP twitter account has been restored this afternoon, the offending tweet deleted, and normality returns to the markets…


  1. 1
    President Chuka Umunna says:

    I’m here if they need me!


  2. 3
    Mike 'Disraeli' Handycock says:

    I can’t keep looking at this blog, I have to be out all night saving fallen women!


  3. 4
    Don't the fookers ever learn? says:

    Barroso EU

    “I congratulated the Prime Minister for Lithuania’s intention to join the euro area in 2015 and promised our close cooperation to achieve this purpose.”



    • 27
      Co-operation (EU style) says:

      “promised our close cooperation to achieve this purpose”

      Baroso: “Give me your bánk detaíls and I’ll wire you the payment. 50 míllion OK?”
      Líthuania’s PM: “Okey-dokey!”


  4. 5
    Margaret Hodge (AKA Hedge-Fund Hodge) says:

    I hope it didn’t affect my teeny weeny shares!


  5. 6
    Divided by a common language says:

    Interesting that the tweet was written in Her Majesty’s English.
    An American would write “Breaking: Two explosions at White House, Obama injured”.


  6. 7
    Maqboul says:

    Wonder if someone made a killing buying, and selling after a matter of minutes?


    • 18
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      Or did it because they needed to cover shorts really fast.


    • 19
      Mitch says:

      No doubt a shedload of stop-losses should have been triggered? Which would itself have triggered further falls?



  7. 9
    Dan Hodges says:

    Memo to fellow right wing political bloggers : don’t get tricked by govt spin tomorrow am. Triple dip irrelevant in economic terms. +0.1% as bad as -0.1%


  8. 10
    Shares in David Cameron says:



  9. 12
    Peter Martin says:

    As order is restored, I can’t help but reflect on the fact that the MSM (including our national broadcaster) appears to rely on such as twitter to source and then redistribute ‘the news’.

    Nothing to worry about there, then.


    • 30
      Tessa Tickles says:

      I – and I’m sure many others – stopped reading the Twitter (and Facebook)-obsessed Daily Telegraph for that very reason.


  10. 15
    Political Betting says:

    Sell Milibands, buy Daves.


    • 20
      Trader says:

      Ha ha yeah right. A Dave is a Z- backed CDS backed up by spin and bluster.

      Sell the Millibands though they are toxic.

      I would reverse into Farage if I were you


      • 44

        I’ve got an option on Farage, but short term. I’ll sell after the May elections. Probably clean up.

        Miliband looks a poor choice. Dave looks worse. But a Balls coup in 2017 seems a possible.


      • 46
        Anonymous says:

        Farage is bitcoin. A derivative and not a real alternative.


  11. 22
    Gordon Brown says:

    I keenly watch the stock market. I always like to shart gold


  12. 25
    Newsnight gaffes again says:

    Fans of The Stranglers have reacted angrily after mistakenly believing that the original line-up of the band had reformed following a BBC report.

    Newsnight showed footage of Hugh Cornwell leading the band he left in 1990 when previewing the BBC Proms last night (April 23). Eager fans went to buy tickets to the event, which has traditionally been a showcase of the nation’s best classical music, thinking that the punk band’s old line-up were set to reunite. However, fans were mistaken and Cornwell has not reunited with his former bandmates. Releasing a statement, a BBC spokesperson states that they are “not responsible for the current line-up of The Stranglers”.

    This year’s Proms, which describes itself as the ‘World’s Greatest Classical Music Event,’ has diversified and changed the format of the seven days’ performances and introducing rock and rap artists and DJs such as Steve Lamacq as well as artists such as Laura Mvula, N-Dubz rapper Fazer and Maverick Sabre to join composers and symphonies on the hallowed bill.

    The Stranglers formed in Surrey in 1974 and achieved worldwide success with their 1981 single, ‘Golden Brown’. Their career spanned 17 albums before Hugh Cornwell left in 1990.


  13. 26
    Popov from Plovdiv says:

    Can’t wait for 2014.


  14. 28
    youund says:

    Meteorite,, hits Asda!,


  15. 29
    Anonymous says:

    “normality returns to the markets…”

    gullibility, hysteria, and shamelessness


  16. 34
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Careless talk costs money…… hope M King shuts the f*ck up !!


  17. 36
    Morgan Freeman says:

    Was it just a bit of clumsy viral marketing for the movie “Olympus Has Fallen” ?



  18. 37
    SaltPetre says:

    Don’t worry. Levenson has outlawed this sort of thing.


  19. 40
    Jimmy says:

    Imagine what it must be like to have a leader whose assassination would make the markets fall.


  20. 45
    Will.socialists.ever.stop.being.hypocrites says:

    Breaking News : Ed Milliband’s brain discovered in shed.


  21. 49
    You snooze you lose says:

    The Guardian reported this yesterday.


  22. 51
    Archbishop Cromwell says:

    Surely Obama being taken out would be good news for the US economy?

    Or would an injury just make him worse?


  23. 57
    I hate Hugh Grant cos he's a moron says:

    Wonder who made a killing……………..on the markets


  24. 61
    strewth there's a bloke down there with no strides on! says:

    World financial system nearly collapses on a rumour?


  25. 62
    Zeitgeist in Strawberry Hill (and 1st class passenger!) says:

    Oh gee. Tweet and trade, tweet and trade, tweet and trade. Tweet and tweet and tweet and trade, all the doo-dah day


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