The Financial Times has become the latest news outlet to be hacked by supporters of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, following a phishing attack on the company’s email accounts.
Twelve posts entitled “Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army” appeared on the FT’s tech blog between 12.38pm and 12.42pm London Time on Friday, with official Twitter feeds also disrupted.
“We have now locked those accounts and are grateful for Twitter’s help on this,” said Robert Shrimsley, the managing editor of FT.com.
The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of anonymous hackers who claim that Arab and western media have presented a biased view of the country’s civil war, has previously compromised news organisations including the Associated Press, the BBC and Al Jazeera.
Last month a fake AP tweet announcing an attack on the White House caused the Dow Jones to fall nearly 1 per cent within two minutes.
An individual who said he was with the group interviewed on email by the FT last month said they would target the media of “all the countries who support the terrorists groups in Syria.”
“Unfortunately this is an increasingly common issue for major news organisations,” said Mr Shrimsley.
The SEA says it has forwarded emails obtained during its hacking activities to the Syrian government, although it denies any formal link to the authorities. The group, which first emerged in 2011, has a website, Facebook page and Twitter profile.
The FT said that a number of employees had been sent phishing emails in the days leading up to the attack.
Earlier this month, the satirical newspaper The Onion described in detail how its site had been hacked by the SEA. Employees were directed to fake Gmail login pages.
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