Cybersecurity

Syrian Electronic Army’s Twitter Hacking Campaign Racks Up Another Victory

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is Emir of Qatar. He may be a target of Syrian hackers.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is Emir of Qatar. He may be a target of Syrian hackers. // Alik Keplicz/AP

If you want a view into the governments arrayed on either side of Syria’s civil war, the Syrian Electronic Army’s hacking of the Qatar Foundation’s Facebook andTwitter accounts is a good place to start.


From the hacked Qatar Foundation Twitter account.

Pro-Assad hackers—that is, hackers who support the current regime in Syria in what has been widely denounced as a war on its own people—took control of theTwitter account of the Qatar Foundation around 7AM GMT, and as of this writing they’re still in possession, using it to send out messages accusing Qatar and its ruling family of supporting terrorism and Al Qaeda. Previously, the SEA had successfully hacked an Agence France-Presse Twitter account and the website of Al Jazeera, which until 2011 was owned by the government of Qatar.

Read the entire story at Quartz.

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