Pro-Assad Hackers Take Over AFP's Twitter with Syrian Propaganda Photos

By Dashiell Bennett

February 26, 2013

After a couple of high-profile corporate hacks last week, a much nastier Twitter sabotage took place today on behalf of supporters of Syria's Bashar Al-Assad. Around noon Eastern time, thephotographs-only account of news service Agence France-Presse began tweeting images from the conflict in Syria. Except they were not only far below the quality levels of professional photographers, they were graphic images from the war, which the captions depicted as the handiwork of thuggish rebel armies, backed by Western conspirators. Calling the rebels "#Obama backed" (hashtags are important) and accusing them both killing children and using them as soliders, whoever was behind the hack has a pretty obvious bias.

The @AFPphoto account is an odd choice for a hack, since the account has only been around for a few weeks and has just about 3,600 followers. (Perhaps that made it an easier target?) Yet, rather than posting rap videos or inappropriate jokes about hamburgers, this one decided to go with bloodly pro-Syria propaganda. Not the usual route for most Twitter hackers, and also one that's unlikely to win over a lot of people.

Read more at The Atlantic Wire.


By Dashiell Bennett

February 26, 2013

http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2013/02/pro-assad-hackers-take-over-afps-twitter-syrian-propaganda-photos/61538/