The Syrian Electronic Army has been a rather hostile thorn in the side of Twitter, in the past few weeks the hacking collective have taken over different media outlets and trolled the many Twitter followers.
For the most part, the SEA seems to be quite effective when taking over media outlets, but the messages sent out are pretty ineffective and even counter-productive on the pro-Syrian side, especially against The Onion.
The Twitter feed of the Financial Times has been suspended after it was hacked and malicious links posted.
Both the Twitter account and website of the FT were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army hacker group.
Stories on the FT's website had headlines replaced by ‘Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army' and messages on its Twitter feed read: "Do you want to know the reality of the Syrian 'Rebels?'" followed by a link to a video. The hacking group was a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Its attack on FT followed a phishing attack against company staff.
Syria is experiencing an Internet outage similar to a two-day blackout late last fall, according to companies that monitor online traffic around the world.
Jim Cowie, the chief technology officer at Renesys, said his firm saw Syria's networks go offline abruptly at 6:25 p.m. UTC (2:25 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday.
When it comes to parody news site the Onion, it's hard to tell if anything it publishes is real. So, after the site's Twitter feed had several tweets on Monday saying "The Syrian Electronic Army Was Here" and other similar messages, few people batted an eyelash.
However, both the Syrian Electronic Army and the Onion have confirmed that indeed the site's Twitter account was hacked, according to The New York Times.
Last week, hackers from the self-declared Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claimed responsibility for a takeover of the Associated Press Twitter account, and the market-moving false tweet of an attack on the White House that followed.
The incident was the highest-profile success yet for the group, which has been busily hacking Western and Arab organizations for the past two years.
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