HACKERS sparked outrage yesterday after taking over Fox NewsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Twitter page and declaring that Barack Obama had been assassinated.
The US broadcasterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s official Twitter page reported the president had been shot twice in a restaurant while campaigning in Iowa.
Its politics Twitter page @FoxNewsPolitics, which has 35,000 followers, said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“BREAKING NEWS: President Barack Obama assassinated, two gunshot wounds proved too much. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a sad 4th for America.Ã¢â‚¬Â
A string of posts from the same account were not deleted for up to six hours.
Hacking group the Script Kiddies appeared to claim Ã‚Âresponsibility for the attack.
A spokesman hinted at future attacks, adding Fox Ã¢â‚¬Å“was selected because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reportingÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Fox News said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The hacking is being investigated and FoxNews.com regrets any distress the false tweets may have created.Ã¢â‚¬Â