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Syrian Electronic Army hits Microsoft again

Hacking group lives up to its Microsoft word
Tue Jan 21 2014, 09:44

PRO-ASSAD HACKTIVIST GROUP the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has hit Microsoft again and taken over one of its blogs.

Earlier the hacktivist group broke into Redmond email systems and Twitter accounts. Although Microsoft looked to have wrested back control last week, the group said that it was not done with the company. Last night it did what it promised and hit the firm again.

It hit the Microsoft Office blog first, and put a flag on it. After that the group began posting messages to Twitter that showed the reach of its access.

In one message the SEA told Microsoft, "Changing the CMS will not help you if your employees are hacked and they don't know about that".

It posted screenshots of a Microsoft blog and the group's Wordpress replacement to Twitter.

Perhaps embarrassingly, Microsoft had only recently refreshed its blogs, and its most recent post - which is now back in place - welcomes visitors to the new look.

This is the third assault by the SEA on Microsoft in recent weeks, and previously the attacks have been salted with comments about the snooping nature of Microsoft's services like Skype.

"Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook)," it said in a short post on the Skype blog on 2 January. "They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments."

The SEA followed this up just over a week later with assaults on Microsoft's Xbox and MSFTnews Twitter accounts. Again it posted anti-NSA surveillance messages.

Usually the SEA uses its hacking attacks to promote its pro-Assad political cause. This takes various forms, including a takeover of the BBC weather website that parodied Palestinian politics. µ


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