Hackers broke into the email account of the George Mason University provost in Virginia, early this morning and sent out the following email:
Subject: Election Day Update
To the Mason Community:
Please note that election day has been moved to November 5th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Peter N. Stearns
According to Dan Walsh, a spokesman for the university, the hoax message went to the entire student body — more than 30,000 students — and about 5000 faculty and staff.
Stearns himself quickly sent out a followup message assuring recipients that it was a hoax, which was being investigated.
Walsh said the university had contacted campus police, who are working with outside law enforcement to look into the hoax.