10:03 29 May 2013
Syrian Electronic Army hackers have recently targeted Sky News Google Play. Six logos of the UK broadcaster’s apps were replaced with that of the SEA. In addition, the hackers got hold of the company’s official Twitter account, which they used to urge followers to view the defaced programmes.
The SEA has confirmed their involvement through their website saying the act is part of their support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. However, they deny getting the orders from his government.
SEA has been hacking several media websites. Over the last weeks their victims have been the BBC, the Financial Times, E! Online, the Daily Telegraph, etc.
ITV – the large UK commercial broadcaster - was also a victim after its Twitter account was hijacked and used to post fake news stories.
This isn’t the first time that Sky news has been hacked. In May 2009, hackers defaced its web petition and in May 2013, its Twitter account was compromised.
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