The flow of political Twitter Fox News has apparently been the victim of a hacker. Around 9.00 am (CET), in American national holiday, the Twitter account has announced the death of President Barack Obama. “Barack Obama has just passed. The President is dead. A sad 4th of July, indeed. President Barack Obama is dead… Nearly 45 minutes ago, he was shot twice in the lower pelvic area and in the neck; shooter unknown. Bled out.”
Soon after, other messages were broadcast on the same account hacked, saying that Barack Obama had been murdered and that he had been shot twice in the neck while he was in a restaurant in Iowa, where he campaigning. RIP Obama, best regards to the Obama family.
Hackers make a mistake and react
The first three Tweets were visible to users subscribe to feeds from Fox News (in fact, contained the words Tweets @ BarackObama). Subsequently, it seems that hackers have realized or that mistake. They then managed to that many more users can read their messages (thus the reference to contained the following Tweets # Obama dead and #america, which made them visible to all).
After the rogue tweets went viral, Fox News was apparently back in control of its Twitter feed, although the channel was not available for comment.