AFP Twitter Account Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Twitter account of AFP hacked

Hackers of the Syrian Electronic Army have managed to hijack the “Photo Department” Twitter account (@AFPphoto) of Agence France-Presse (AFP). 

As soon as it learned about the hack, AFP had the account suspended. However, the hackers have managed to post several images related to the conflict in Syria.

“Starting at 16:45 GMT, the Twitter account of AFP’s photo service @AFPphoto was hacked. The documents posted after that on the account did not originate from the agency,” AFP representatives stated.

On their Facebook page, the Syrian Electronic Army said they were trying to “spread the truth about what is happening in Syria.”

AFP also reported that on Monday, cybercriminals started launching phishing attacks against their employees in an attempt to trick them into handing over their usernames and passwords.

Earlier this month, the Syrian Electronic Army hijacked the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Sky News Arabia.


BBC Weather Twitter Account Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

BBC Weather Twitter account hacked

The Syrian Electronic Army, the hacker group that backs the Syrian government, continues its offensive against media organizations it accuses of spreading lies about the situation in the country. Their latest target is the official BBC Weather Twitter account.

The account, @bbcweather, was hijacker around two hours ago. The BBC has told security firm Sophos that it is currently investigating the breach, but the messages posted by the hackers have not been removed.

Here are a few of the tweets published by the hackers from the BBC Weather account:

“Forecast for Tel Aviv on Saturday – 5000 degrees Kelvin with northern fog and eastern high pressure front”

“Chaotic weather forecast for Lebanon as the government decides to distance itself from the Milky Way”

“Saudi weather station down due to head on-collision with camel.”

“Hazardous fog warning for North Syria: Erdogan orders terrorists to launch chemical weapons at civilian areas.”

“Scandal: Edinburgh storm warning station decommissioned after maintenance fund diverted to arming Syrian opposition.”

Over the past few weeks, the Syrian Electronic Army has targeted organizations such as Sky News, France24, AFP, the Human Rights Watch, and the Qatar Foundation.

Update. The Next Web reports that the BBC Arabic Online and BBC Radio Ulster Twitter accounts have also been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. It’s likely that all three accounts shared the same password or the same password reset email address.