NPR Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

National Public Radio (NPR) recently acknowledged that its Web site and some of its Twitter accounts were hacked last night by the Syrian Electronic Army (h/t Sophos).

“Late Monday evening, several stories on the NPR website were defaced with headlines and text that said ‘Syrian Electronic Army Was Here.'” the company said in a statement. “Some of these stories were distributed to and appeared on NPR Member Station websites. We have made the necessary corrections to those stories on and are continuing to work with our Member Stations. Similar statements were posted on several NPR Twitter accounts. Those Twitter accounts have been addressed. We are closely monitoring the situation.”

On its Twitter feed, the Syrian Electronic Army posted a screenshot of what appears to be NPR correspondent Margot Adler‘s e-mail box, showing an e-mail from Mark Stencel, NPR’s managing editor for digital news, that states, “We are aware that access to our publishing system appears to have been compromised and several stories were hacked. We are taking steps to fix the stories that have been vandalized.”

While the hackers initially stated on Twitter, “We will not say why we attacked @NPR … They know the reason and that enough,” they later added, “You can ask @deborahamos,” indicating that the attack was launched in response to NPR correspondent Deborah Amos’ reporting on the conflict in Syria, which won her a Peabody Award.

Garrison Keiller later tweeted in response, “@nprnews was hacked by #SEA bc of the work of @Peabody_Awards winner @deborahamos in Syria. Let’s stand w/ them by donating to Public Radio!”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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