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Did hackers deface Fox News building in NYC?

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In a video published to YouTube, a hacker appears to have changed the text scrolling along the side of the News Corporation building in New York City.

“I accessed the Fox ticker basically to get your attention,” YouTube user hiropro999 wrote. “Also because Fox deserves it: they’re the 24/7 mouthpiece of the right wing. They are huge perpetuators of the big lie.

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“This country isn’t broke. Question is: where is the money going?”

The message goes on to blame corporations and tax breaks for wealthy Americans, and it specifically said the individual behind the stunt was not from any hacker group like Anonymous or others.

It was not immediately possible to determine whether the video is legitimate or a clever trick of editing.

Raw Story reached out to both News Corporation and the author of this video seeking comment or some form of confirmation, but neither have replied.

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Update: There’s been a series of videos making waves lately ostensibly showing people hacking screens in New York City. They turned out to be a series of promos by an ad firm that promises clients viral Internet exposure.

That leads us to think this may be a hoax, but News Corp. has not yet made any official statement.

Responding to an inquiry, the video’s author said there would be a follow-up clip to illustrate how this stunt was pulled off — if it really happened at all.

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“But if you want a quote I can tell that it was primarily social engineering,” the unnamed person wrote. “The message was up for aprox. 1.5 minutes.”

Update 2: Fox News has confirmed that the video is a hoax.

This video was published to YouTube by user hiropro999 on May 30, 2011.

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