July 4, 2011

Fox News Politics Twitter Account Hacked

US broadcasting giant Fox News had its political Twitter account taken over by hackers who declared in a tweet that President Obama was assassinated.

The @foxnewspolitics Twitter feed stated: "BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds proved too much."

The feed was posted on the eve of July 4, and more messages followed. And more than two hours after the Tweets were made, they had still not been removed.

The hack came from a group calling themselves The Script Kiddies. "Script Kiddie" is internet slang for an inexperienced person who uses knock-off hacking technology, developed by other people.

@foxnewspolitics was taken over at around 2 a.m. Eastern time when the post was made. The group went on to claim President Obama was shot twice at an Iowa restaurant and passed away soon thereafter, and that the shooter's identity was unknown.

Among the messages about President Obama, a few tweets appeared to come from The Script Kiddies, and that account was quickly suspended.

It is unclear why Fox News was attacked in this instance, according to BBC News. However, the broadcaster's conservative stance has made it unpopular with many Americans. Fox News is the most watched cable news network in the US, with its prime time programs attracting nearly 2 million viewers.

@foxnewspolitics' Twitter account carries the "verified" tick icon, indicating the feed belongs to the organization it claims to be. The feed has around 33,000 followers and many of the tweets have be retweeted and spread quickly across the Twitter network.

As of 7am Central time Monday morning, the hacker's posts had yet to be deleted.


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