US Secret Service probes fake 'Obama assassination' tweets

Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2011, 16:02 [IST]
 
US Secret Service probes Fox News hack

Washington, Jul 5: United States appointed it's Secret Service to probe the hacking of Fox News" political Twitter account which announced false news on President Barack Obama's assassination.

The United States Secret Service, the elite force which is charged with protecting the President, said that they are looking into the matter.

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

On Monday, Jul 4 early morning, hackers intruded to Fox News Twitter account and sent tweets saying that Barack Baoma was shot dead at a restaurant in Indiana.

The @foxnewspolitics feed stated: "@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."

After a series of false tweets, hackers sent the last tweet saying that Joebiden was selected as the new President of the United States.

"We wish @joebiden the best of luck as our new President of the United States. In such a time of madness, there's light at the end of tunnel"

These false tweets were there on Fox News Twitter account for two hours and later they were removed. Fox News commented that tweets were "malicious" and "false" and announced it will conduct an investigation of its own.

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