The US Secret Service is now investigating the hacking of Fox News' Twitter account yesterday.

Six tweets  from the FoxNewsPolitics account reported

that Obama had been shot to death in Iowa and the shooter was unknown.

In a statement posted on its website, Fox News called the tweets "malicious" and "false".

Fox News hacked – 'Obama Dead'

Later a group calling themselves Script Kiddies claimed responsibility.

A memeber of the group later posted:

"I would consider us to be close in relation [to Anonymous], 2 of the members of our group were members of Anonymous.  I was a member of Anonymous. We hope to be working with them soon."

On hacking Fox News, the member said:

"We are looking to find information about corporations to assist with antisec. Fox News was selected because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting."

On their mission, the member said:

"It will be a never ending battle. The names change from time to time like LulzSec and Anonymous or Script Kiddies. But their will always be a group of people that need to stand up for everyone else and attempt to keep the government in balance with it's people. Without groups like Anonymous, what is there to prevent corruption?"

Expoerts say that judging by the hacker's comments Fox News was probably hacked by the same loosely bound group of individuals who hacked Sony, PBS, the FBI, and numerous other organizations.

They appear to be operating under the  banner of Operation Anti-Security (#AntiSec) –although such sentiments existed before LulzSec's formal declaration on June 19.

#AntiSec seeks to defend Internet freedom, deface government websites, and leak classified government information. It also urged others to join its movement.

 "Come aboard, we're expecting you…," the manifesto read.