Lately there’s been a bit of an increased hacking activity aimed at more or less important Twitter accounts.
Today however, on the 4th of July no less, American political news readers got quite the unpleasant gift. After having hacked the twitter account of Fox News’ Political arm, a group of individuals posted some very troubling messages to the nation.
@foxnewspolitics’ hackers claimed, in several tweets, that American president Barrack Obama was assassinated at a Ross’ restaurant in Iowa while campaigning.
Several other tweets were sent out by the hackers in the name of Fox News Politics and all of them would incline to details of the shooting, severity of the attack and how long the “former” president managed to survive.
Apart from it being a cruel joke and a relatively sever blow to the reputation of Fox News Politics, the hacker group played their cards quite admirably.
The hacker group that claimed the attack is known as The Script Kiddies. The “catch” behind their name is that it would refer to hackers that use novice, “well known” methods of hacking.
Novice or not, the group initially hacked the @foxnewspolitics twitter account, changing icon and description to claim the attacks. While this was going on, nothing was actually tweeted.
A few hours later, the description was removed, image changed back to normal and a tweet came out as to how Fox News Politics had resumed control of their twitter account and email.
All of these proceedings were actually decoys and, with hackers still in control, the #obamadead hashtag took to the skies, with news of the assassination being widely spread.
More than eight hours after the attack and initial tweets had been sent, Fox News Politics still doesn’t appear to have access to their account.
Fox Group was part of the targets of the infamous LulzSec hackers however, as far as we know, LulzSec is now dissolved and The Script Kiddies do not have any association with them.
On the other hand, two of the members of The Script Kiddies had previously been associated with Anonymous (the group most actively involved in defending Wikileaks) and hope to find further collaboration with the association.