Rupert Murdoch's Fox News has been spreading rather more misinformation than usual, following an attack on the company's official Twitter feed which falsely announced Barack Obama's death.
The notoriously right-wing - sorry, 'fair and balanced' - news site apears to have been posting messages to its twitter account that read: "@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead. A sad 4th of July indeed. President Obama is dead. 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 the tunnel."
Thankfully, the messages are false. Rather than coming from the newsdesks of what is sometimes laughingly referred to as 'Faux News,' the story instead originated from an attacker who took over the company's Twitter feed.
The attack has been claimed by a group calling itself "The ScriptKiddies," a usually derogatory term used to refer to crackers who rely on other people's code to down sites and who have very little knowledge themselves. While the Twitter account has now been suspended, Gizmodo was able to capture the group's message of victory: "Fox news politics hacked by the scriptkiddies," the group posted, "more embarrassment for FoxNews is imitate [sic]."
The group appears to be inspired by the recent activities of cracker groups Anonymous and LulzSec, and committed their attack under the 'AntiSec' banner originally launched by the latter group.
An alleged representative of the group, who asked to remain, um, anonymous, spoke to Think - no relation - shortly after the attack, claiming: "I would consider us to be close in relation [to Anonymous]. I was a member of Anonymous. We hope to be working with them soon."
At the time of writing, the offending posts are still present on the Fox News Politics Twitter feed, and the company has yet to post a public statement on the attack or clarify the falsehoods for its followers.