Feeds

Breaking news, literally: Syrians joyride New York Post tweets, Facebook

Another day, another successful phishing attack

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The Syrian Electronic Army hijacked the Twitter and Facebook feeds of lively tabloid the New York Post - after compromising social networking outfit SocialFlow.

The hackers, who back Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, claimed on their website that they had managed to seize control of the Post's major news and business news tweets, its Facebook page and the Twitter profiles of three of the newspaper's journalists. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) also claimed that it had hacked SocialFlow's website.

SocialFlow said an employee's email account had been compromised in a phishing attack, leading to its Twitter and Facebook accounts being hacked. But the firm didn't confirm the attack on its website.

"No customer access or data was compromised in this attack. As part of our security controls, we immediately took our service offline," the company added.

The SEA tweeted back:

Previous victims of the SEA have included the BBC and Reuters. In the latter attack, the hacktivist group posted pro-Assad propaganda on the account.

The group only appears to have posted messages that "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here" on Twitter accounts taken over in the SocialFlow hack. The New York Post - a Reg favourite for its sensationalist headlines - hasn't commented on the security breach as of yet. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Google recommends pronounceable passwords
Super Chrome goes into battle with Mr Mxyzptlk
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it
Now we've had all THAT TRAFFIC, we 'deplore' this theft
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.