In hindsight, the clumsily worded tweet -- with no link to an accompanying article -- is clearly fishy, but a headline declaring that the most powerful man in the free world has been attacked in the most secure place in America tends to shut off the ol' critical thinker. Keep in mind that this was only a few days after the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon, so people weren't exactly primed to stay calm and skeptical. Digital shock waves were felt almost instantaneously, most catastrophically in the stock market. The Dow Jones dropped an astounding 150 points within minutes.
For the financially inexperienced among you, that's like suddenly losing an entire bindle's worth of hooch.
The White House press secretary squashed news of the bombing right quick, but not before an amount of money that doesn't even seem real -- $136 billion -- was wiped out of the market. Don't worry, they put it back ... somehow. Honestly, stock stuff is practically voodoo.
The scariest part is that the responsible party wasn't a bunch of idiot kids. A group of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad supporters calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army claimed to be behind the hack, which they accomplished by whipping up a convincing-looking AP email address and phishing staffers. Soon after the incident, they tweeted: "Ops! @AP get owned by Syrian Electronic Army! #SEA #Syria #ByeByeObama."