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Syrian Electronic Army claims CNN as its latest victim

Takes over news outlet's social media accounts and blog
Fri Jan 24 2014, 14:30
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HACKTIVIST GROUP the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has claimed CNN as its latest victim, having taken over its social media accounts and blog.

The takeover took place on Thursday. The SEA first went after CNN's Facebook and Twitter accounts, with tweets appearing from the news outlet such as "Obama Bin Laden the lord of terror is brewing lies that the Syrian state controls Al Qaeda," and "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here... Stop lying... All your reports are fake!"

The SEA took control of CNN's Security Clearance blog too, with a post appearing that said, "US declares state of national emergency, State department reportedly out of reach."

The main CNN Facebook account and the CNN Politics Facebook account were also compromised.

The hacker group claimed responsibility for the attack on its own Twitter account, saying that the takeover was in retaliation against CNN for biased reporting on Syria.

CNN responded to the attack and said that the unauthorised posts and tweets were deleted within minutes of being posted. The news organization also said that its accounts had been secured, but the SEA likely will be the judge of that.

This latest attack from the SEA comes just days after it went after Microsoft for the third time this year, with the group taking over the firm's Twitter account and the Microsoft Office blog. This isn't the first time it has hacked a news outlet, having previously hit the New York Times, the Associated Press, NPR, and the BBC. µ

 

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