WASHINGTON - The Secret Service said yesterday it will investigate the hacking of Fox’s political Twitter account over updates saying President Obama had been assassinated.
Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said the law enforcement agency whose job it is to protect the president will conduct an investigation of the false postings and that “we will conduct the appropriate follow-up.’’
Hackers broke into the FoxNewsPolitics account early yesterday, leaving six tweets reporting Obama had been shot to death in Iowa and that the shooter was unknown.
In a statement posted on its website, Fox News called the tweets “malicious’’ and “false.’’
“We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts,’’ said Jeff Misenti, vice president and general manager of Fox News Digital.
An online magazine at Stony Brook University in New York, Think, reported that initial posts around midnight indicated the Fox News Twitter account had been hacked by a group called the Script Kiddies.