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Fox News website hacked, false tweet says Obama dead

05 July, 2011

Fox News website hacked, false tweet says Obama dead
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WASHINGTON: The Twitter account of FoxNews.com`s political news feed, FoxNewspolitics, was hacked on Monday and sent several false tweets saying that US President Barack Obama had been shot dead.

“Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family,” Foxnews.com said on Monday in statement saying its site had been hacked.

There was no immediate reaction from the White House and the Secret Service declined to comment.

Obama is celebrating the July 4 Independence holiday with his family at the White House and a Reuters photographer in the president’s news pool said Obama had just left the White House on Monday morning to play golf.

The first tweet appeared around 2am and said: “@BarackObama has just passed away. The president is dead. A sad 4th of July, indeed. President Barack Obama is dead.” The next one, “@BarackObama has just passed away. Nearly 45 minutes ago, he was shot twice in the lower pelvic area and in the neck; shooter unknown. Bled out.” In all, some six false tweets were issued, saying Obama had been shot at a restaurant in Iowa while campaigning.

Courtesy: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201175story_5-7-2011_pg7_5

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