29 Apr 2013

Syrian Activists Hack Guardian Twitter Accounts

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.