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The Microsoft blog site – dedicated to the Office software suite – was attacked this week by the hacking group called the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), according to an article published both by the GMA Network and Tech Crunch. The GMA article indicates that the attackers defaced the blog site and "boasted about the attack on their Twitter account." According to the GMA article, soon after Microsoft went public with their redesigned blog site for Office, the SEA "hacked and defaced the site multiple times."
The articles report that the hacking group "promised more attacks on Microsoft_" and they delivered. The group posted several articles on the site titled "_hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army_" and then posted screenshots of the Microsoft Office blog's administration panel on Twitter, according to the article. The SEA then taunted Microsoft with the statement quoted in the article to say, "_Changing the CMS will not help you if your employees are hacked, and they don't know about that."
Several days before this attack, according to the GMA article, Microsoft reported that the Syrian Electronic Army hackers "_were able to access a 'small number' of employee email accounts._" The GMA article reported that "_some details of internal conversations were posted at the same time Microsoft's official news blog and Twitter account were compromised earlier this month._" This group was also responsible for attacking the "_official Xbox support Twitter account_" and "_the official Skype blog and Twitter account_" at the beginning of this year, according to the GMA article.
A quoted update which was included in the GMA article said, "_A targeted cyber-attack temporarily affected the Microsoft Office blog. The account was quickly reset, and we can confirm that no customer information was compromised._."
Written by Bryon Turcotte / January 21, 2014