Hacked Fox News Twitter Claims Obama Assassinated
Fox News says hackers are responsible for the false Tweets and have contacted the U.S. Secret Service.
Six posts on Fox News’ Twitter feed falsely announced that President Obama had been assassinated, with the news network claiming its page had been hacked.
The messages appeared early Monday morning on the @FoxNewsPolitics Twitter account, reporting that Obama had been “shot twice at a Ross’ restaurant in Iowa while campaigning” and had “bled out” as a result of his wounds.
The @FoxNewsPolitics Twitter account has 37,195 followers.
Fox News issued an apology on Monday morning saying that hackers were responsible for the disturbing Tweets, and that Foxnews.com had alerted the U.S. Secret Service.
"We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts," said Jeff Misenti, vice president and general manager of Fox News Digital.
Despite the statement, the false messages remained on the account as of late Monday morning.
Neither the U.S. Secret Service nor Twitter spokeswoman Jodi Olsen would publicly comment on the alleged hacking.
A subdivision of hacker group Anonymous, calling themselves Script Kiddies, was purportedly linked to the posts. A student journalist at the University of Stony Brook said he interviewed a Script Kiddies representative just prior to the posting of the false Tweets.
Obama is scheduled to host a barbeque on the South Lawn this afternoon, with fireworks and a concert honoring U.S. soldiers.