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Jul052011

Obama Assassination Rumors Circulate on Fox News Politics Twitter

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hackers briefly gained control of the Fox News Politics Twitter Monday morning to wrongly proclaim that President Obama had been assassinated in Iowa.

The first few bogus tweets were posted with "@BarackObama" and only showed up in timelines of those who follow Fox News and the presidential account.

One of the tweets read: "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."

Earlier, another post read, "@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."

The identity of the hacker or group that hijacked the Fox News Politics Twitter is unknown, although several published reports stated that an anonymous hacking group known as Script Kiddies claimed responsibility for the tweets.

FoxNews.com issued a statement on its website, saying, "Hackers sent out several malicious and false Tweets claiming that President Obama had been assassinated.  Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family.  The hacking is being investigated, and FoxNews.com regrets any distress the false tweets may have created."

The Secret Service is investigating the incident as a possible threat to the president.

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