Fox Says Hackers Hit Twitter Feed

Fox News said hackers broke into one of its Twitter accounts early Monday morning, sending fake messages about President Barack Obama, the latest in a string of brazen attacks that have compromised government and corporate websites around the world.

The early morning tweets, posted on the “Fox News Politics” Twitter feed, claimed that President Obama had been assassinated while campaigning in a restaurant in Iowa. The hackers, who are thought to be part of a group called “the Script Kiddies,” changed the account’s password, preventing Fox from correcting the errant messages for hours, a person familiar with the matter said.

The tweets were eventually removed and replaced with a statement from the news channel saying that hackers posted the false messages and that it is working with Twitter to determine how the hack happened. The Twitter feed has roughly 37,500 followers.

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