Hackers Hit Obama on Facebook, Twitter
Syrian Electronic Army takes responsibility for graphic video
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2013 3:55 PM CDT
File- Thgis Oct. 17, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(Newser) – Fans of President Obama's Twitter and Facebook accounts were no doubt surprised today when they clicked on links that took them to a graphic video depicting Syria's civil war. The Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Assad group, took responsibility for the hack and told Mashable it had broken into Obama's Twitter and Facebook accounts. In fact it had exploited a link shortener used by Organizing for Action, a nonprofit group that promotes ObamaCare and other legislative priorities for the Democrats, CNET reports.

Either way, the links have been fixed and Twitter says it wasn't to blame: "The account's custom, third-party URL shortener which it uses to produce vanity URLs was compromised, not the Twitter account," said a Twitter rep. (Inconvenient timing, considering the company's IPO is coming up.) This was apparently one of many cyber attacks perpetrated by the SEA, which has already struck websites for the Marine Corps and major media organizations.

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politicalobsever
Oct 29, 2013 1:11 PM CDT
Looks like the Syrians are good with software programming.
NellieCA
Oct 29, 2013 10:22 AM CDT
I am dropping the "D" drug plan, and keeping Medicare, If they try to put me on Obmacare I will drop Medicare to and do like the illegals, call an ambulance, ride for free and get free health care. GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY
mvaldez449
Oct 28, 2013 8:51 PM CDT
That should be an eye opener for BO and his ObamaCare. I am keeping my insurance and will pay that lousy fine, but I am not leaving all my info out there in cyberspace for that idiot! Bad enough it's out there already.