July 4th, 2011, 20:09 PM
Fox News hacker tweets Obama dead
Hackers have taken over a Twitter account belonging to US broadcaster Fox News and declared President Obama dead.
The @foxnewspolitics feed stated: "BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much."
More than two hours after the malicious postings appeared, they had still not been removed.
A group or individual, calling themselves The Script Kiddies appeared to claim responsibility.
Fox News said it was investigating the posts.
The bizarre messages began appearing around 07.00 BST on July 4.
The first read: "Just regained full access to our Twitter and email. Happy 4th."
The next posting stated: "@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead."
The Script Kiddies account was quickly suspended. Fox News Politics is one of the Twitter accounts associated with the industry-leading cable news network.
Its Twitter account carries the "verified" tick icon, indicating that the feed belongs to the organisation it claims to be.
Full story: BBC News