Some CNN social media accounts hacked

Posted on: 9:40 pm, January 23, 2014, by

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ATLANTA – Some of CNN’s social media accounts and blogs were compromised Thursday.

The affected accounts included CNN’s main Facebook account, CNN Politics’ Facebook account and the Twitter page for CNN. Blogs for Political Ticker, The Lead, Security Clearance, The Situation Room and Crossfire were also hacked.

The posts were deleted within minutes and the accounts have since been secured.

Some of the posts claimed that the Syrian Electronic Army, a group of pro-Syrian regime hackers that has aggressively targeted major news organizations and activists, was responsible.

“Syrian Electronic Army Was Here…Stop lying… All your reports are fake!” one of the posts on CNN’s Twitter account said.

Another post Thursday night on a Twitter account purportedly tied to the group said it was retaliating for “viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in Syria.”

Last year the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for a 20-hour-long outage of the New York Times website.

The group also claims to have hacked other major American and British news organizations, as well as Columbia University and rights group Human Rights Watch.

2 comments

  • jliles1205 says:

    Must’ve got lost looking for Fox

  • Taylor says:

    I wondered if they got hacked last night I dont remember the whole post but it did say something about Syria and it also said Obama Bin Laden….this was on facebook

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