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Secret Service Investigating Hackers Who Targeted Fox News Twitter Feed

A group believed to be responsible for the weekend hacking of a Fox News Twitter account–resulting in a series of tweets falsely reporting the death of President Obama–says its motive was “to stand up for everyone else and attempt to keep the governments in balance with its people,” according to an interview with Adam Peck, outgoing editor at the online student magazine Think, who says he has communicated with the hackers who targeted Fox News.

“The first conversation took place around 12:38 a.m., Mr. Peck told The New York Times, before the Obama posts to Twitter appeared. “We did ask them what their purpose was,” Mr. Peck said. “They said that they did align themselves with Anonymous and the antisec movement,” he added, meaning “antisecurity movement,” or efforts intended to uncover information corporations or governments seek to hide.

Why Fox News? According to Peck, the representative of the group, called “Script Kiddies,” said Fox News was chosen “because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting.”

Update: The Secret Service is now investigation this reported hack. CBS News reports:

The Secret Service said Monday it will investigate the hacking of Fox’s political Twitter account over updates claiming that President Barack Obama had been assassinated.

Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie says the law enforcement agency whose job it is to protect the president will conduct a probe of the false postings and that “we will conduct the appropriate follow up.”

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