Assad Backers Hack Microsoft Twitter... Again
Syrian Electronic Army tweets through 2 company accounts
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 11, 2014 4:59 PM CST
Hackers breached a Microsoft Twitter feed.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Ten days ago, Syrian regime supporters the Syrian Electronic Army broke into Microsoft's Skype social media accounts; today, the group tweeted through both the Microsoft News and Xbox Support accounts, ZDNet and the Next Web report. "Don't use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments," the group posted using the @MSFTNews handle. Later, it added: "Syrian Electronic Army was here."

The tweets were quickly removed. "We can only say that's just the beginning," an SEA member told Mashable via email. As for why the hackers hit Microsoft, the member said the company was "monitoring emails accounts and selling the data for the American intelligence and other governments. And we will publish more details and documents that prove it. Microsoft is not our enemy but what they are doing affected the SEA."

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Jan 11, 2014 6:41 PM CST
If the Syrian Electronic Army really are a branch of the Syrian cyber war division they are doing a disservice to Assad. America has pretty much forgotten the conflict in Syria and are ready for it to fester until the country turns into another Afghanistan with large swaths of territory run buy warlords and tribal councils. By continuing cyber attacks they only draw attention to the conflict and increase the chance of the West intervening on the side of the moderate rebels (as few of them as are left at this point). As for the NSA they know what they are doing, spying on people and collecting vast amounts of data covertly (at least until Snowden rained on their parade). That's the hallmarks of a professional cyber war division not a bunch of armatures trying to provoke a response. SEA are either a false flag organization trying to stir up trouble or a bunch of Anonymous rejects trying to flex their digital muscle.
Jan 11, 2014 5:27 PM CST
That hackers succeed so regularity should alarm all Americans as NSA continues to spy on all of us and gathers data it cannot secure.