How many times have you heard that you can't believe everything you read on the Internet? That holds especially true for the past couple of months in which hackers have been on a rampage, mostly to swipe and distribute other people's personal information, but sometimes to post fake news. It happened again this morning as hackers claiming to be tied with Anonymous infiltrated Fox's political Twitter account and posted updates 'reporting' President Barack Obama had been shot and killed in Iowa.
Fox News acknowledged the incident and apologized for the "malicious and false tweets," saying it "regrets any distress the false tweets may have created." As of this writing, the tweets are still there. They went up around 2AM Pacific time falsely reporting that Obama suffered two gunshot wounds, that the shooter was unknown, and that Vice President Biden would take over. None of that actually happened, and according to the Associated Press, Obama plans to spend the Fourth of July holiday at a barbecue at the White House with military and administration personnel.
This is the latest attack in a string of hacker attacks targeting corporations and governments over the last couple of months. According to Stony Brook University's Think Magazine, a group known as "The Script Kiddies" initially claimed responsibility for the Fox News attack, but perhaps thought better of the idea and have since removed all past mentions of the incident. The group says it has ties with Anonymous.
"I wold consider us to be close in relation [to Anonymous,] two of the members of our group were members of Anonymous," a representative of The Script Kiddies told Think Magazine. "I was a member of Anonymous. We hope to be working with them soon."