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White House/AP Cyber Attacks

2 Connected Groups

1 Big Problem

4/23/2013 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0423_whitehouse_hacker_2_getty_articleTwo hacking groups have taken credit for launching cyber attacks against the AP and the White House ... but the perps are connected to the core ... TMZ has learned.

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claims they "owned" the AP after successfully hacking into its Twitter account and posting a fake item that President Obama was injured in an explosion. According to reports, SEA has hacked Twitter for months to spread political messages. 

Exposed, the group behind most major celebrity swattings, is flying its flag as the team behind today's 911 bomb threat directed at the White House.

Sources close to the investigation tell us, the two groups are actually connected and have members working for both operations. Our sources say Exposed came out first to claim responsibility for the fake bomb threat.  As we've previously reported, Exposed has taken credit for more than a dozen celebrity swatting calls.

As for why SEA took credit for the AP prank ... it's unclear.  What is clear is that the prank was coordinated between the 2 groups -- a 1-2 punch, if you will.


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That's just F'ING GREAT!! The white house??? Worlds strongest nation? That's scary stuff, to me anyway.

515 days ago


I believe it is an illegal act to phone in a bomb threat? Also to phone in a bomb threat against the President of the United States. TMZ please do not give these people any more publicity! This is NOT funny and I hope the Secret Service find them and arrest them!

515 days ago

OLiarbama Argo-Urself    

OLiarbama is our French Revolution. His pretends to be religious Rousseau, but his deeds are vulture Voltaire. Obamacare-not. His populist rhetoric to gain votes, went against the 10th Commandment: "Thy shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods."

515 days ago


James, "Obummer", boy that's good you should write for SNL

515 days ago

Ronald RayGun    

Wow, these goons have got me shivering in my boots. They are so hard core. America surrender now! You have no chance against a threat like this.

515 days ago

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

If these losers put as much energy into legitimate work as they do their little hacking acts, they could afford to move out of their mother's basement and get their own place.

515 days ago


When did TMZ move into the new digs?

515 days ago


And they can share adjoining cells for the several decades they could be imprisoned for the multitude of felonies they have already admitted to. Hell, they are getting real close to terrorism charges.

515 days ago


Jesus, those people really need to get lives.

515 days ago


I bet someone in the comments is part of this.

515 days ago


This story is just so darn disappointing!

515 days ago


Yeah, good luck with that Mr. Bomber. Do you plan on sneaking in a side window? Or disguising yourself as shrubbery?

If ever there was a meritless threat, this is it.

515 days ago


No doubt that Obama is the worst president in the history of the United States but I can't condone these actions. These groups need to be stopped...and fast.

515 days ago


The President of the United States of America. The most powerful position in the world. I view this as a threat against OUR PRESIDENT and this should not be taken lightly. Now that this cyber attack has been successful what will the next attacker try?

515 days ago


People are getting a lil crazy these dayz!!!
Wouldn't doubt that an American blows up the white house eventually being that its so flucking easy to make a bomb!!!
Holding on `` to my hat!! :p

515 days ago
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