The US Secret Service has launched an investigation into the hacking of Fox News official twitter account, which was used by the perpetrators to post fake news about President Obama’s death.
The account was hacked with a new hacker group calling itself Script Kiddies, which called out to AntiSec to align their targets and motivations.
According to an article on ABC, the hackers had posted six tweets about President Obama’s death from two gunshot wounds. The fake tweets said that the shooter had not been caught.
The rogue tweets had remained online for more than two hours before Fox News was able to gain control of its Twitter account and removed the offending tweets. The news giant said that it will conduct its own investigation into what it calls a ‘malicious’ attack.
"We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorised access into FoxNews.com accounts," said Fox News Digital vice-president and general manager Jeff Misenti.
"Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family," he added. The White House confirmed that the Secret Service was investigating the incident and will soon conduct a follow up.