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Obama Not Assassinated After All, but the Hackers Are Going For Rupert Murdoch

by | 4th, July 2011

MORE -err- jokes from the hacking community, as the Fox News Twitter account was hacked and posted four tweets informing the nation that Barack Obama had been assassinated.  

A group calling themselves ScriptKiddies obtained the password to the account and posted the five tweets below including: #Obamadead, it’s a sad 4th of July. RT to support the late president’s family. The shooter will be found .”

Despite their use of catchy hashtag #obamadead, the tweet didn’t go very far, largely because there was no mention of the story on the Fox News site or indeed, anywhere else because it was made-up shit that didn’t happen.

Thinq blog cleared up any confusion:

“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.”

ScriptKiddies is usually a derogatory term for an unaccomplished hacker. But a short-lived Twitter account called ScriptKiddies claimed responsibility for the hack and also described themselves as a splinter group from Anonymous, as picked up by Gizmodo .

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