Syrian Electronic Army Attacks CNN Social Media

The hacktivist group, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), seems to know no bounds. ItEUs smaller than any army on earth, yet its cyber warfare is making a big impact. The latest victim is CNN.

The SEA has successfully breached the news broadcasterEUs social media accounts and blogs. The attack followEUs the groupEUs Microsoft social media invasions earlier this month.

"Syrian Electronic Army was here . . . Stop lying . . . All your reports are fake!" was the message SEA left on CNNEUs primary Twitter account. CNN reported that its main Facebook account, EUPoliticsEU Facebook account and Twitter accounts for its EUSecurity ClearanceEU were also compromised, along with blogs for Political Ticker, The Lead, Security Clearance, The Situation Room and Crossfire.

Freedom of Speech?

EUThe posts were deleted within minutes and the accounts have since been secured,EU CNN reported. EUAnother post Thursday night on a Twitter account purportedly tied to the group said it was retaliating for "viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in Syria."

CNN is hardly the first media outlet to fall victim to the SEA. Like Anonymous, the SEA has made quite a name for itself in the hacker world. The hacktivist group has targeted many media sites, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Associated Press, The Guardian, Twitter and Twing, over the past year.

The SEA's high-profile media hacking spree began in early 2013. The common running theme: the papers reported stories SEA didn't like. The New York Times was among the hardest hit, suffering a 20-hour outage after the SEA attack.

Spearphishing 101

We caught up with Graham Cluley, an independent security analyst in London, to get his take on the CNN attack. He told us the 24/7 news network is not the first to fall victim to the SEA and almost certainly wonEUt...

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