29 Apr 2013
After taking down the Twitter accounts of CBS News, BBC News, NPR and the Associated Press, the Syrian Electronic Army (or SEA) turned against the Guardian this week-end, hacking some accounts of the reputable UK media organization, including Guardian Film, Guardian Music, Guardian Stage and Guardian Books.
"We will keep hacking #Twitter accounts and cause for you problems if you keep suspending our accounts #SEA," SEA tweeted on @guardianbooks, justifying the recent assaults against Twitter accounts of prestigious media portals, according to SecurityWatch.
The Syrian activist group, known to support president Bashar al-Assad in the current civil conflict in Syria, had its account suspended by Twitter, triggering a violent revenge pledge against the micro blogging service.
When the Associated Press Twitter account was hacked, the group sent a false tweet informing followers of an alleged bombing attempt against the White House as on behalf of the AP causing a bit of panic to account followers until official sources reported the hack and stated that the news was bogus.
Hackers can have different agendas in each case: some may look for entertainment and fun, while others may look to denigrate the reputation of a person or a business. Treat tweets with caution and never fully trust a piece of news before you confirm it with at least one other source.