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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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peenuts    

Time to put all those ITT Tech graduates on the Security of the U.S. Payroll.

446 days ago
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Kaveman    

If I have to look at this guy's ugly face every time I come to TMZ... I won't be stopping by

446 days ago
48.

Sunshine702    

Should have backed off on the poor dead Reedit founder. Kinda need him now

446 days ago
49.

Josh2013    

Looks like Obama could use some chicken and ricin.

446 days ago
50.

Lou78Jr    

I Love the fact people are commenting bad about the President about this story, yet have little to say about the terriost that hacked Ap or the White House. Conservatives and Republican making comments sure have there priorites right. ( I will give the benfit to conservatives that these ppl are not representing them.)

446 days ago
51.

BradDavis    

IwuvTMZ is behind this.

446 days ago
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DahhTroll    

The prez just said that musims was a great religion..omg.

446 days ago
53.

ImUrDad    

Wut a lame stunt, they rnt terrorists more like bad pranksters...

445 days ago
54.

myopinion    

President Obama you's better get better security, this team is not doing their job!

441 days ago
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