Unknown hackers had managed to hack into the Wall Street Journals Facebook account and post crash reports of Air Force One. Coming on the back of recent shooting down of Malaysian Airlines MH17 in the same region, the news was taken seriously by the readers as the Air Force One ferries the President of United States of America.
The hijacked page also carried news of Vice President Joe Biden addressing the nation (USA) in 15 minutes. This news further created confusion among the readers of the Wall Street Journal. The Air Force One is the official air traffic control call sign of a United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. In layman terms it refers to the Air Force aircraft specifically designed, built, and used for the purpose of transporting the president.
The Wall Street Journal clarified that all the posts were infact fake as their Facebook account had been hijacked. However the damage was done and most people were in a state of confusion as none of the other major news agencies/websites carried this information.
In the apology post written by The Wall Street Journal, it received tons of brickbats from its readers and users in general. A user even flaying it for keeping the password as simple as “newyorktimes”
This once again proves the power of social media and internet to create chaos on a perfect ordinary day in the minds and hearts of the people. It could also have led to a big intraday fall in the NASDAQ as well as NYSE in case this had happened during the trading hours.