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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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31.

MADE MAN    

I think if its that easy to name a source then it should be even easier to catch the people behind it. Especially when it comes to government officials. I mean we have the FBI & the CIA and both are being outsmarted well so they claim

358 days ago
32.

LAPartyMcSage    

Leave #44 alone. TMZ fans come here to escape politics. Can't you just stick to millennial loser pop culture and make fun of showbiz Generation Suck?

358 days ago
33.

my 2 cents    

When they hack the "football", maybe then the White House will sit up and take notice. Today may have been a dry run.

358 days ago
34.

sophiastormy    

It didn't happen, according to this administration we don't have radicals doing anything. They are just people who had a bad childhood. Come on give them a break. Bleeding heart liberals, need to realize there are really evil people who do bad things daily. Our justice system is a screwed up mess

358 days ago
35.

Fredsicles     

Maybe the govt should stop handing out free cell phones - they should take our money and put it to better use like stopping attacks before they happen. People used to be scared to mess with the red, white and blue but not with this president in office.

358 days ago
36.

chewaroot    

Prank! A ****ing PRANK! Some people with badges may not think so. They aren't piddling around with Ashton Kutcher here.

358 days ago
37.

The Yachtsman    

Seriously, these people are ****ing with the United States Secret Service. There is going to be hell to pay for anyone connected to this ****.

358 days ago
38.

nof    

Said this in the other thread.


Say it here.


No one has the Swag of Barack.


Name any 20 former U.S. Presidents -


Combined?


None of them match Barack's swag.


See him getting off his Presidential Jet?


Heading down the stairs?


Dudes, that's SWAG, capital S.


See him greeting World Leaders?


Dude, you can teach THAT kind of Swag.


Retire this Presidential thang, no one can follow Barack Obama into the W.H.


Make Barack like Monarch, King -


Following Barack's like following Pryor on to the stage -


Can't be done.


So the Symbionese Liberation Army pranked the A.P., so's what.

358 days ago
39.

nof    

Dude made the call to take Bin Ladin out.


Everyone else in the room - um, well, gosh, er ...


Barack goes we goin' in.


Period.


You think he's sweating two dopey pranks?


Not with THAT kind of Swag -


Swag like that comes along once in a lifetime.


Can't teach it -


These eight years'll go down as a, hmmmm:


"Swag-a-Thon."

358 days ago
40.

Dublin2016    

Its the man-bear-pig!

358 days ago
41.

Vote2012    

Do you really feel safe with Barry O in the White House? Our government spends trillions of dollars every year with our tax money to prevent computer hacking, if these two groups can hack the White House I hate to think what China could do to us.

358 days ago
42.

rehabluvsme    

The crazy, psycho right-wing conservatives on here blaming O'Bama, only reinforce the ignorance of that party.

358 days ago
43.

EnquirerLover    

This is serious. If they cant catch these guys easily, imagine the intelligence behind them! Remember someone has to be the teacher. Even the governments most elite intelligence groups have to be trained by someone smarter than them. Right? These groups no matter what age, or nationality, are wiser than most and that's scary.

358 days ago
44.

DeeWA2008    

Not funny for even a minute. Potential for great harm.

358 days ago
45.

Jericho Morton    

Ok so this prolapse of spine is because they tweeted on a hacked tw@tter account? Harm, really?

358 days ago
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