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Hacking on Fox News Twitter reports Obama's death

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July 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fox News is the latest victim of Internet hackers. The culprits started sending out messages early Monday on Fox's political Twitter account, saying President Barack Obama had been assassinated.

The reports, which said he was killed in Iowa and the shooter was on the loose, are false.

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.

Fox's political Twitter account has more than 34,000 followers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.