Hackers Breach Fox News Twitter Account, Tweet Fake Obama Death Notice

At 5 AM EST, hackers busted into Fox News' Twitter account and wrote a series of (obviously false) tweets saying President Obama had been assassinated. An act done by a group calling themselves "Scriptkiddies," the hacker(s) claims tenuous ties to Anonymous, though their style of action and later interview with Think Magazine seems to suggest otherwise. (The interview was taken down sometime [EDIT: the entire website was knocked offline] before noon EST, which makes sense since the Secret Service is very likely looking for the hackers, and Think's Stony Brook affiliation is too specific not to provide a solid lead.) Some excerpts, via the Guardian:

A representative of the group 'Scriptkiddies' said in an interview with Stony Brook University's Think Magazine: "We are looking to find information about corporations to assist with antisec [a concerted hacker attack on corporate and government security]. Fox News was selected because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting."

He warned too that Fox News might see more attacks: "I've looked into their security, and site defacement does not seem to be an option. Everything else is fair game."

The Script Kiddies representative added: "I would consider us to be close in relation [to Anonymous], two of the members of our group were members of Anonymous ... I was a member of Anonymous. We hope to be working with them soon."

Though Anonymous has been quite active in the AntiSec movement and has recently declared war on all governments and institutions attempting to censor the internet, the Fox Twitter hack seems pretty amateur for the group. It has not claimed responsibility for the Fox breach on its Twitter account, yet noted it would be doing an action today: "Preparing a nice gift for the US' birthday today," it Tweeted. "But no promises yet as we value quality over a rushed release. Stay tuned. ." Anonymous' most recent claimed action was hacking into Australia's government database and leaking its election data.  

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 4, 2011, 6:05am

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