Hackers plant fake news story on Tory website

Hoax news story said PM hospitalized after choking on hash brown

Hackers planted a bogus news story on the Conservative Party’s website that said Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rushed to hospital on Tuesday morning after chocking on a hash brown at breakfast. “Clearly somebody hacked our website,” spokesperson Dimitri Soudas told the CBC. “The prime minister actually took his daughter to school this morning.” The fake news quickly made an impact on Twitter and had people talking in Ottawa. The story said Harper choked during breakfast with his family, and that his wife, Laureen, called 911. It also said that a member of his security staff administered first aid before he was airlifted to a hospital in Toronto. Soudas said the prime minister is doing fine and that he is in Ottawa on Tuesday morning.

CBC News

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