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Hackers Claim Obama Killed Via Fox Twitter

From Reuters:

Hackers falsely claim Obama dead on Fox Twitter feed

By Laura MacInnis | Reuters – Mon, Jul 4, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers took control of a FoxNews.com Twitter account on Monday and sent six false tweets saying that U.S. President Barack Obama had been shot dead, prompting an investigation by the Secret Service.

Which reminds us of all those Secret Service investigations of the makers of the documentary about the assassination of President Bush. (Just kidding.)

"Hackers sent out several malicious and false tweets that President Obama had been assassinated," Foxnews.com said in a statement about the latest in a wave of high-profile cyber security breaches around the world.

"Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family."

The media outlet, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, said the incident was being checked.

"The hacking is being investigated, and FoxNews.com regrets any distress the false tweets may have created," it said.

Obama is celebrating the July 4 Independence holiday with his family at the White House and was due to host military families to watch Fourth of July fireworks in the evening.

Which, we can only hope, will make him become more patriotic – and Republican.

The White House declined to comment. The Secret Service, which is charged with protecting the president, said it was looking into the incident.

"The Secret Service is investigating the matter and will conduct the appropriate follow-up," spokesman George Ogilvie said.

Again, were their such investigations after all of the explicit and implicit threats against President Bush? We don’t recall them.

The first hacked tweet appeared around 2 a.m. and said: "@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead. A sad 4th of July, indeed. President Barack Obama is dead."

The next one, "@BarackObama has just passed. Nearly 45 minutes ago, he was shot twice in the lower pelvic area and in the neck; shooter unknown. Bled out."

The false tweets were removed around noon today, a Fox News spokeswoman said, after Twitter suspended the account…

In an email statement to Reuters, a spokesman for Twitter said, "while Twitter does monitor accounts for brute-force log-in attempts and similar methods of attack, we’re unable to anticipate compromises that take place due to off-site behavior."

The Twitter spokesman also said that Fox News indicated its account had been compromised.

Well, at least Fox News didn’t send out pictures of their reporters in their underwear.

A group calling itself The ScriptKiddies claimed responsibility for sending the tweets — including "#ObamaDead, it’s a sad 4th of July" — from the "FoxNewspolitics" news feed before Twitter suspended its access.

In all some six false tweets were issued, saying Obama had been shot at a restaurant in Iowa while campaigning…

It’s a small miracle there weren’t riots.

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