POLITICAL HACKTIVIST OUTFIT the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has claimed Microsoft as its latest victim.
The pro-Assad hacker group can already count a several firms in its takeover list, and last week it eeked its way into Microsoft's Skype voice and video over IP (VoIP) and chat service. Over the weekend it went after Microsoft with some success.
The SEA took over the Xbox and @MSFTnews Twitter accounts, posting a flag and the note that it "was here", a common calling card.
In another tweeted message it added, "Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. #SEA @Official_SEA16."
In another message the group released an email from Microsoft staff about the attack as it was happening. This suggests that it used the time that Microsoft spent reacting to the Twitter takeover to attack the company's email system.
The email from Steve Clayton reveals that the firm was in the process of changing passwords to its accounts during the attack.
The hacker group also made its way into Microsoft blogs, taking over a Technet blog and redirecting users to its protest page. It also posted in the news announcements that most IE users search for Chrome and Firefox.
Microsoft has confirmed what we already knew, that it was attacked, and added that no customer data has been affected.
"Microsoft is aware of targeted cyberattacks that temporarily affected the Xbox Support and Microsoft News Twitter accounts," said a spokesperson. "The accounts were quickly reset and we can confirm that no customer information was compromised."
Earlier this month the SEA took over Skype's twitter account and blog and posted a message about NSA surveillance.
Previous victims of the SEA have included BBC Weather, Huffington Post, Fox News, the Telegraph and the Associated Press. µ