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Barack Obama is dead, according to hacked Fox News Twitter account

Posted by on 04/07/2011

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If Fox News’ manipulated stories were not enough for you, how about several tweets coming from their Politics Twitter feed claiming President Barack Obama was assassinated. Luckily for them, the tweets were a result of their account being compromised by hackers.

Odd tweets started appearing on the @foxpolitics verified account, around 2:00AM EST with later tweets stating that the US President was assassinated, being killed with 2 gunshots. One tweet stated: “BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much” while another said: “@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead.”

With over 37k+ followers, the rumors must have spread, but obviously not as quickly considering Fox’s bad reputation for delivering the truth. While the tweets remained on the account for some time, a hacking group called the Script Kiddies quickly took claim to fame for the hack, but their Twitter account was quickly suspended later on.

Fox later removed the tweets and acknowledged the hack, and stated that the U.S. Secret Service would join the efforts to discover who was responsible for the hack. Jeff Misenti, vice president and general manager of Fox News Digital said: “We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts.” It is unclear as to how much damage was actually done beyond their Twitter account. Earlier this year, Fox.com was hacked by the famous Lulzsec AntiSec group, stealing participant data from the X Factor TV show database.

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