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HACKTIVIST GROUP the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has put another notch on its virtual hacking post as it took a scalp at Rupert Murdoch's Fox TV.
The SEA hackers are going through news outlets like elbows go through cheap shirts. Soon it will be easier to name the news media websites it has not hacked or taken over in some way than the ones it has.
The latest scene is the Fox Twitter presence and two different accounts. The hackers took over the Fox Twitter accounts via Hootsuite and posted messages on UK and Australian news feeds.
The UK branch of Fox TV acknowledged the assault in a message on Facebook. In a short message, it glibly revealed that something was up.
"Looks like we've been hit by hackers! Our tech team is working to fix this now and we will be back up & running soon...," it said.
On the Australian webpage the firm also admitted to the breach. Responding to a question about "the weird Facebook posts about Syria", the firm said, "We are trying to sort out the issue ):".
The SEA has not updated its website with news of the intrusions, but it has retweeted articles about them into its timeline.
A representative for the group spoke to security blogger Matthew Keys and told him that it had access to around 200 Fox Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Last month the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned the internet about the SEA, saying that organisations should remain vigilant for suspicious activity.
"Please maintain heightened awareness of your network traffic and take appropriate steps to maintain your network security," said the FBI memo. "If you detect anomalous or malicious traffic or network behaviour, please contact your local FBI Cyber Task Force." µ
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