Fox News is targeted by an apparently new hacker group, which commandeers a Fox Twitter account to tweet a disturbing, fake headline.
A group of hackers broke into a Fox News Twitter account Monday and tweeted that President Barack Obama had been shot and killed.
“BREAKING NEWS: President @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much. It’s a sad 4th for #america. #obamadead RIP,” one tweet said.
The report is obviously false.
At the time of publication, Fox News did not appear to have regained control of the hacked @foxnewspolitics account.
A group that calls themselves The Script Kiddies took credit for the break-in on a Twitter account that has now been suspended.
“Fox news politics hacked by the scriptkiddies! http://t.co/6yZDcTS more embarrassment for FoxNews is imitate,” they tweeted.
The group quickly set up a second Twitter account which has also been suspended.
RawStory has screen grabs of the fake tweets, and adds that someone claiming to be a spokesman for the group told Think Magazine that while they are not directly connected to two other recently active hacker groups: Anonymous and LulzSec, they have a connection to Anonymous, including one person possibly being a former member, and “hope to be working with them soon.” And:
“We are looking to find information about corporations to assist with antisec. Fox News was selected because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting,” the representative added.
Whatever the motivation, this was a heinous, ugly way to go about punking Fox News.