The Twitter account of news agency Thomson Reuters was hacked on Tuesday, apparently by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), British daily The Guardian reported.
The hackers posted seven images, mostly explicit cartoons in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, before the account was suspended 35 minutes later.
The account was attacked at 1.30am GMT.
The group claiming to be behind the attack is the Syrian Electronic Army. Thomson Reuters is the latest among global media organizations to be targeted by the campaign. The Guardian, Associated Press and CBS were attacked in April, the Financial Times and Daily Telegraph in May and Agence France-Press in February.
Twitter has been working with media firms on ways to secure their accounts, including a rapid response tool to suspend accounts until the hackers are locked out.
The Syrian Electronic Army appeared in 2011 at the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
It is thought to operate from Dubai and be controlled by the Syrian government. In 2011, Assad made reference to the group in a speech in which he compared them to his troops:
“The army consists of the brothers of every Syrian citizen … Young people have an important role to play at this stage, because they have proven themselves to be an active power. There is the electronic army, which has been a real army in virtual reality.”
The SEA’s attack on the AP Twitter account claiming that U.S. President Barack Obama had been injured in an explosion briefly wiped $130 billion off the U.S. stock market.
Syria: Pro-Assad group hacks messaging networksSyrian state television claims that a pro-government group has hacked into two social messaging networks and seized records of local users. Such a ... Media
Apple software developers site hackedComputer and software giant Apple said Sunday that it took its software developers website offline after it was hacked, warning that personal ... Technology
Britain’s Financial Times ‘hacked by Syrians’The website of Britain’s Financial Times appeared to have been hacked on Friday by the Syrian Electronic Army, a mysterious group seemingly ... World News
UK: Guardian newspaper’s Twitter feeds hackedThe Guardian newspaper says its Twitter accounts have come under a cyberattack, and it cited a claim of responsibility from the group calling itself ... Middle East
FIFA Twitter accounts hacked by Assad sympathizersTwo of FIFA’s Twitter accounts have been hacked in the latest wave of cyberattacks claimed by Syrian government sympathizers. A series of ... World News
CBS Twitter hacks said to be launched by pro-Assad groupTwitter accounts operated by the U.S. broadcaster CBS have reportedly been hijacked by pro-Assad hackers, in the latest cyber-attack apparently ... Media