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Secret Service Investigates Obama Assassination Hoax

July 05, 2011  | 

The U.S. Secret Service has launched an investigation into the hacking of the Fox News Twitter account and six tweets posted early Monday claiming President Obama had been assassinated.

Hackers sent the messages out reporting that the President had been shot and killed in Iowa. In reality, the President was in Washington yesterday celebrating the Fourth of July at the White House with military families.

Fox later called the messages, which went out to the 34,000 followers of its political Twitter account, "false" and "malicious" and said it "regrets any distress" the tweets may have caused.

Source: ABC News

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