The Guardian Twitter Accounts Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

One week after members of the Syrian Electronic Army hacked the Associated Press’ Twitter account, the hackers have done the same to 11 Twitter accounts belonging to the Guardian, all of which were then suspended (h/t Sophos).

In a statement on its Web site, the group explained, “This came after this newspaper preying sometimes lies and slander about Syria.”

The hacked accounts included the Guardian’s dedicated Twitter feeds for books, travel, film, stage, photos and others. On each feed, the hackers tweeted, “Following the Syrian Electronic Army… Follow the truth! @Official_SEA12 #SEA #Syria.”

Sophos’ Graham Cluley notes that James Ball, data editor at the Guardian, tweeted yesterday, “Hm. Phishing attack specifically targeted at Guardian journalists in my inbox right now. SEA at work again?”

And earlier today, Ball tweeted, “The guys doing the Guardian phishing attack I mentioned yesterday (it’s SEA) are really very good: sustained, changing, mails today.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman is an eSecurity Planet contributor.

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