Hackers Compromise CBS Twitter Accounts, NPR Websites
April 22, 2013 at 3:59 AM (PT)
CBS' Twitter accounts for "60 MINUTES" and "48 HOURS" and some of NPR's websites were hit by hackers last week, allegedly by a group supporting Syrian Pres. ASSAD.
NPR issued a statement saying that "Late MONDAY evening, several stories on the NPR website were defaced with headlines and text that said 'Syrian Electronic Army Was Here.' Some of these stories were distributed to and appeared on NPR Member Station websites. We have made the necessary corrections to those stories on NPR.org and are continuing to work with our Member Stations. Similar statements were posted on several NPR Twitter accounts. Those Twitter accounts have been addressed. We are closely monitoring the situation."
Tweets from the "Syrian Electronic Army" claimed responsibility and blamed reporter DEBORAH AMOS, who has been reporting on the strife in SYRIA, for prompting the attacks.
Meanwhile, the "Syrian Cyber Army" took credit for anti-President OBAMA messages on the CBS Twitter accounts, including "Exclusive: Terror is striking the #USA and #Obama is Shamelessly in Bed with AL-QUEDA" posted on the two accounts on SATURDAY (4/20).
The posts also included a link to an article on fringe Presidential candidate LYNDON LAROUCHE. The posts were removed, but after another post popped up late SATURDAY, the accounts were suspended and remain inactive early MONDAY morning.