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SEA attacks Skype in NSA spying protest

Takes over its Twitter account and blog
Thu Jan 02 2014, 09:31
Security threats - password theft

POLITICAL HACKTIVIST OUTFIT the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has struck at Microsoft's voice, video and chat network Skype and posted to its Twitter feed and blog.

The SEA made a name for itself by taking over social networking accounts in 2013 and seems keen to carry on.

In its Skype Twitter post the SEA made clear its agenda. While usually it has been politically vocal, this time it posted the message to users of Microsoft software products that they are not good for privacy aware users.

"Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook)," it said in a short post on the Skype blog. "They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments."

This sentiment was repeated on Skype's Twitter page, with the addition of a "More details soon..." teaser.

The SEA promised to keep up its campaigns in 2014, and presumably will also keep moving its Twitter and Facebook accounts throughout the year.

The group also released a highlights reel video of the past year. Its regular calling card that it "Was here" is oft repeated, and there a many big media companies in its scalp pile.

Counted among its victories have been takeovers of the BBC, Huffington Post, Telegraph, Fox News and the Associated Press.

The media firms have been offered advice by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the hacktivist group.

"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."

Skype took to its Twitter account to explain that while some things had happened to its systems, no harm had come to user data.

"You may have noticed our social media properties were targeted today," it said. "No user info was compromised. We're sorry for the inconvenience." µ


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