Syrian Hackers Hit Obama-linked Twitter, Facebook Accounts

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Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 06:55 AM

By Melanie Batley

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President Barack Obama's social media operation is the latest victim of hackers after a group allied with Syrian President Bashar Assad attempted to redirect links on the president's Twitter and Facebook pages.

According to ABC News, hackers from the Syrian Electric Army managed to get control of an online tool used by Organizing for Action, the advocacy organization for Obama, to redirect links sent from the president's social media accounts managed by the group.

Obama's Facebook and Twitter pages carried links that were intended to take readers to a Washington Post story on immigration, but instead redirected readers to a video of the Syrian conflict.

The group claimed responsibility for the hack in an email to Mashable, saying it was "showing the truth about Syria," ABC News reported.

The Syrian Electronic Army also tweeted, "We accessed m
any Obama campaign emails accounts to assess his terrorism capabilities. They are quite high."

It showed what appeared to be the Google email account of an Organizing for Action staffer, according to Reuters.

Organizing for Action confirmed to ABC News that links were compromised but that the links had since been repaired. A Twitter spokesman told Reuters that Obama's Twitter account was not hacked. There is also no indication that the hackers got control of the president's Facebook account or BarackObama.com, according to ABC News.

In August, the Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for disrupting websites of The New York Times and The Washington Post.


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