Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Skype

Just one day into the new year and the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has already made headlines after targeting the social media accounts of Skype, Microsoft's voice-over-IP service. The SEA claims Microsoft is "selling the data to the governments." In the attack, SEA hacked Skype's Twitter, Facebook, and blog. With access to these accounts, the SEA posted messages telling people to stay away from Microsoft services.

Skype was able to regain control of its accounts within a few hours after the posts went live and although it was able to delete the SEA's post on its Facebook page very quickly, the Twitter posts were not removed until later in the afternoon.

A Different Message

While the Syrian Electronic Army is not run by the Assad government inside of Syria, it has continued to support Bashar al-Assad's government during the war in his country. As a result, many of the SEA's attacks have had something to do with its pro-Assad message and in previous hacks, it has redirected Web sites to its own or posted pro-Assad messages on accounts.

The attack against Skype appears to be different, however. While the SEA made sure to include its name in some of the posts, the hack does not resemble the actions the SEA usually takes. Instead of promoting Assad or even using access to Skype's accounts to grow its following, the SEA took a stance against the U.S. government and in particular, what it says is Microsoft's decision to hand over user data.

The SEA may be late to the game in going after Skype as it was over a year ago when a set of early documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA might be using Skype as a way to monitor communications between people in the U.S. and other countries.

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