Hacking on Fox News Twitter reports Obama's death

July 4, 2011

(AP) -- Hackers broke into Fox's political Twitter account early Monday, posting updates saying President Barack Obama had been assassinated.

A series of six tweets coming from the FoxNewsPolitics account reported that Obama had been shot to death in Iowa and the shooter was unknown.

In a statement posted on its website later Monday morning, Fox News called the tweets "malicious" and "false." It said the hacking is being investigated.

"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.

Obama plans to spend the Independence Day holiday at a barbecue at the White House with military families and administration staffers.

Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie says the agency wouldn't comment on the tweets.

Fox's political Twitter account has more than 34,000 followers.

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FrankHerbert
1 / 5 (5) Jul 04, 2011
LOL, nice prank! I bet there are a lot of disappointed 'patriots' right now.
poof
5 / 5 (2) Jul 04, 2011
Fox new spreading false information? Nonsense.
rwinners
5 / 5 (1) Jul 04, 2011
Well, it is Faux!
Feldagast
not rated yet Jul 04, 2011
As much as I dont like Obama, not sure a president Biden would be a good thing.
MarkyMark
not rated yet Jul 05, 2011
Lol i am suprised anyone noticed this false story considering those that go to Faux news apparenty belive anything thats reported there as real news!

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