Pro-Syria Hackers Hit Amnesty International

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Hackers recently compromised Amnesty International's Livewire blog, adding fake posts about the current situation in Syria.

"One fake blog post claimed rebel groups were responsible for a massacre in the town of Houla in May that killed 108 people, including 49 children," writes The Washington Post's James Ball. "Amnesty’s actual position, shared by Western governments, is that Syrian government forces and militias were responsible for the killings."

"With the atrociously written headline, 'Amnesty Calls on UN to stop the US, Qatar and Turkey funding and arming Syria Rebels,' hackers altered the blog to give the appearance that Amnesty was siding with the government in the armed conflict," writes SecurityNewsDaily's Ben Weitzenkorn.

"The hackers’ campaign claimed the rebels were using 'abuse and collective punishment' against Syrians who did not 'comply with their desire to overthrow the sovereign government for the installation of an Islamic caliphate.' ... A spokesperson from Amnesty International told TechWeekEurope its Livewire blog was targeted on Monday by hackers who posted fake blog posts, 'including one that took a strong pro-Syrian government stance,'" writes TechWeekEurope's Tom Brewster.

"So far no-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Syrian Electronic Army is the best known pro-Syrian hacking group and may be to blame," notes Technorati's Craig Blaha.