Multiple “social media sites and blogs” owned and operated by the Cable News Network (CNN) were “hacked” on Thursday, January 23rd by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) – a well-known activist group, according to an article published by The Hosting News. The article indicated that a number of the national broadcaster’s social media outlets including their “Facebook account Politics’ Facebook account, CNN Twitter pages” and blog sites for the “Political Ticker, The Lead, Security Clearance, The Situation Room and Crossfire” were affected in the attack.
According to the report, the SEA posted one statement on the CNN Twitter account which read, “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here…Stop lying… All your reports are fake!” – referring to their opinions that the media giant’s views on Syria are biased. The article quoted another statement which was posted on Twitter as saying, “Tonight, the #SEA decided to retaliate against #CNN‘s viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in #Syria.” CNN reported, according to the article, that all statements posted by the SEA were removed “within minutes” while confirming the security of all their sites.
Successful hacking attacks against the Financial Times, Twitter, The New York Times, and the BBC have been credited to the Syrian Electronic Army, according to the article. The group recently took credit for successfully compromising “Microsoft’s newly redesigned Office Blogs“, according to an associated article published by AdWeek.