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Fox News Politics Twitter account hacked

by Kelly MacNeil on July 5, 2011

Twitter followers of Fox News' politics account were in for a shock on Monday when they saw a series of tweets announcing President Barack Obama had been assassinated. Shortly after however, it was revealed the account had been hacked, leaving many to wonder who was responsible.

According to the Associated Press, the first tweets made their appearance around 2 a.m., announcing that Obama had been shot during a trip to Iowa. A series of six appeared before they could be taken down, with the final one wishing new president Joe Biden well. The tweets included specific (and somewhat graphic) details about the assassination attempt, saying he was shot in the abdomen and the neck before bleeding out. Although the tweets were quickly removed, the internet was abuzz over the controversy.

Eventually, a hacker group who goes by the name of Script Kiddies took responsibility for the hoax, claiming to have ties to the international band of hackers known as Anonymous. Stony Brook's Think magazine spoke with the alleged hackers who said that Fox News, who is often criticized for supposed anti-Obama views, was chosen for the stunt because they "figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting,”

By Tuesday morning, the Secret Service announced that it was looking into the stunt, and according to the AP, Fox New officials will be investigating the matter as well.

"We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts," Jeff Misenti, vice president and general manager of Fox News Digital, told the news provider.

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