Pro-Assad hackers in Syria launching cyber-attacks on western media

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 07:30 hrs

Syrian hackers are launching cyber attacks on a series western media in an apparent effort to cause disruption and spread support for President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claimed responsibility for the weekend Twitter attack on the Guardian, before targeting the BBC, France 24 TV, and National Public Radio in the United States.

Hours after the cyber-attack began, the SEA said it has targeted the Guardian for spreading 'lies and slander about Syria' adding that it was in a 'state of war with the security team of Twitter'.

According to the Guardian, other recent media organizations that have been hacked are al-Jazeera, the government of Qatar, and Sepp Blatter, the president of football's governing body Fifa, whose Twitter account was hacked.

Last week the SEA successfully attacked an international news agency, whose Twitter account was temporarily breached, allowing the group to send bogus messages which wreaked havoc on stock exchanges, the report said.

The hackers tweeted that President Barack Obama had been injured in a bomb attack at the White House, causing a temporary 143-point drop on the Dow Jones industrial average.

According to the report, cyber security experts said the SEA attacks are designed to disrupt and embarrass, and the group will likely target any site that might give it an opportunity to spread propaganda for Assad. (ANI)

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