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Obama targeted in assassination hoax

Security on the network’s politics blog was breached early on Monday morning (04Jul11) and the assailants sent out a series of “breaking news” tweets alerting followers to the shocking revelations.

Two of the posts read: “Barack Obama has just passed. The President is dead… BREAKING NEWS: Barack Obama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much. It’s a sad 4th for america.”

Fox News officials failed to spot the unauthorised activity until hours later and the tweets were subsequently deleted.

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In a statement addressing the controversy, Fox TV executives say: “Hackers sent out several malicious and false tweets claiming that President Obama had been assassinated. Those reports were incorrect, of course, and the president was spending the July 4 holiday with his family at the White House.”

The incident has now been reported to the Secret Service for investigation.

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