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New York Post and Social Flow hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Twitter troubles tackled
Wed Aug 14 2013, 09:45
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HACKTIVIST GROUP the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has been at it again, taking over Twitter accounts belonging to the New York Post and Social Flow.

Both had their accounts taken over and used to post the sentiments expected from the SEA.

The accounts are now back in the hands of their owners, and in the case of the latter, a number of explanatory messages have appeared.

"Today an employee's email account was compromised in a phishing attack. As a result, our Twitter and [Facebook] accounts were compromised," it said.

"No customer access or data was compromised in this attack. As part of our security controls, we immediately took our service offline. We are following our security protocols to restore service and are communicating with customers directly."

The New York Post has not made any comment on its Twitter feed, but last night a simple message said, "Syrian Electronic Army was here." According to the SEA, it took over five New York Post accounts, the main one and some belonging to its authors, and the newspaper's Facebook page.

The SEA has made a name for itself by hitting high profile targets with apparently sophisticated spearphishing attacks. While Social Flow said that no customer data was put in harms way, the SEA said it assaulted the outfit's blog and website too.

Previous victims of the SEA have included the BBC, Reuters and the Guardian. µ


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