NEW YORK (The Blaze/AP) -- Hackers broke into Fox's political Twitter account early Monday, posting updates saying President Barack Obama had been assassinated.
A series of six tweets coming from the FoxNewsPolitics account reported that Obama had been shot to death in Iowa and the shooter was unknown.
PC World has a screen shot of the fake tweets:
In a statement posted on its website later Monday morning, Fox News called the tweets "malicious" and "false." It said the hacking is being investigated.
"We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts," Jeff Misenti, vice president and general manager of Fox News Digital said.
The statement added that Fox has alerted the U.S. Secret Service.
As HuffPo points out, the hacking seems to have started late Sunday night, with a group calling itself TheScriptKiddies taking over the account and reaching out to the infamous hacker group Anonymous and offering to assist the band of hackers:
According to PC World, the Script Kiddies talked with a local student newspaper in New York. It apparently includes two former Anonymous members among its ranks and has vowed more attacks on Fox:
Representatives of the new group purportedly spoke to Think, a student-run newspaper at New York's Stony Brook University, after its Fox News Politics hack. The group said that two of its members were once affiliated with Anonymous. The Script Kiddies also told Think it hopes to participate in the new AntiSec campaign to leak documents stolen from government and corporate servers. The group also promises more attacks against Fox News in the weeks to come. "I've looked into their security and site defacement does not seem to be an option. Everything else," a Script Kiddies representative told Think, "is fair game."
Obama plans to spend the July Fourth holiday at a barbecue at the White House with military families and administration staffers.
Secret Service spokesman George Olgilvie says the agency wouldn't comment on the tweets.
Fox's political Twitter account has more than 34,000 followers.
As of publication time, the tweets were still visible on Fox's Twitter account.