Someone hacked into the e-mail system at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. early this morning and sent students a message that appeared to come from the provost telling them -- falsely -- that the election had been moved to Wednesday, the Washington Post reports:
The messaged, dated 1:16 a.m., Nov. 4, with the subject line : Election Day Update, read:Shortly after 8 a.m., the real Stearns sent a message to students, faculty and staff blaming the hoax on a compromise of the school's e-mail system, according to the paper. Distributing false information about elections is a misdemeanor crime in Virginia.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