Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
UCS Invicta: Integrated Flash
Deploy flash memory technology to
deliver peak workload performance.

Find out more>>
Network Security
Is your endpoint data protected?
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Skype

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Skype
By Seth Fitzgerald

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

The new year has only just begun and already the Syrian Electronic Army is making headlines, hacking into the social media accounts of Skype, Microsoft's VoIP service. The Syrian Electronic Army's message to Microsoft is "stop spying on people."
 



Just one day into the new year and the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has already made headlines after targeting the social media accounts of Skype, Microsoft's voice-over-IP service. The SEA claims Microsoft is "selling the data to the governments." In the attack, SEA hacked Skype's Twitter, Facebook, and blog. With access to these accounts, the SEA posted messages telling people to stay away from Microsoft services.

Skype was able to regain control of its accounts within a few hours after the posts went live and although it was able to delete the SEA's post on its Facebook page very quickly, the Twitter posts were not removed until later in the afternoon.

A Different Message

While the Syrian Electronic Army is not run by the Assad government inside of Syria, it has continued to support Bashar al-Assad's government during the war in his country. As a result, many of the SEA's attacks have had something to do with its pro-Assad message and in previous hacks, it has redirected Web sites to its own or posted pro-Assad messages on accounts.

The attack against Skype appears to be different, however. While the SEA made sure to include its name in some of the posts, the hack does not resemble the actions the SEA usually takes. Instead of promoting Assad or even using access to Skype's accounts to grow its following, the SEA took a stance against the U.S. government and in particular, what it says is Microsoft's decision to hand over user data.

The SEA may be late to the game in going after Skype as it was over a year ago when a set of early documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA might be using Skype as a way to monitor communications between people in the U.S. and other countries.

Large Attacks

In April 2013, the SEA hacked the Associated Press's Twitter account and in doing so, wrote messages claiming that the White House had been attacked and that President Barack Obama was injured. Although hacking Twitter accounts is nothing new, the SEA's posts worried massive amounts of investors, causing a $136.5 billion dip in the S&P 500.

Following the Associated Press hack, the SEA made the news again with a string of attacks against various news organizations including The New York Times and the Huffington Post. These attacks were centered around the increasing likelihood that the U.S. would intervene in Syria as a result of Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons in the country.

Although the U.S. military intervention never occurred, the SEA wanted to use its power to remove anti-Assad articles from the news sites and instead, replace them with an article revealing the "truth" about what was happening in Syria.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



AdvertisementToday's CIO needs to adopt an "Everyone's IT" approach to leadership, embracing technology to increase enterprise agility & collaboration. View the free Gartner research report to learn how to adapt your IT leadership style to today's business standards.


 Network Security
1.   Gmail Hackable by Android Apps
2.   UPS Stores Hit by Data Breach
3.   Target Data Breach Cost: $148 Million
4.   Aruba Handles Black Hat with Aplomb
5.   Chinese Hackers Steal Patient Data


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Find Malicious Android Apps Can Hack Gmail
A new study shows that a weakness in the Android mobile operating system can be used to steal sensitive, personal info from unwitting users. Gmail proved to be the easiest app to attack; Amazon, the hardest.
 
UPS Stores in 24 States Hit by Data Breach
Big Brown has been breached. UPS said that about 105,000 customer transactions at 51 of its UPS Store locations in 24 states could have been compromised between January and August.
 
Cost of Target Data Breach: $148 Million Plus Loss of Trust
The now infamous Target data breach is still costing the company -- and its shareholders -- plenty. In fact, the retailing giant forecast the December 2013 incident cost shareholders $148 million.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 
Feds OK $2.3 Billion IBM-Lenovo x86 Server Deal
IBM and Lenovo are celebrating U.S. approval of their x86-based server deal, having cleared some major security hurdles. The deal makes Lenovo a major player for enterprise data centers.
 
Three New Lenovo PCs Aimed at Business Users
With businesses wanting computing solutions that do more for less money, Lenovo has unveiled three new desktop PCs that it says offer solid computing at a budget-minded price.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Screen Shortage Briefly Puts Brakes on iPhone 6
RAM? Check. Antenna switch? Check. Screen? Oops. Parts suppliers for Apple have found themselves facing a shortage of screens for the new iPhone 6 as next month's release date for the new smartphone looms.
 
Bounty Offered to Coders for Oculus Rift Bugs
Coders who find bugs in software for the Oculus Rift VR immersive headset could receive a reward of at least $500 under Facebook's White Hat bounty program. Facebook acquired Oculus in March.
 
Google Glass Adds Voice Access to Phone Contacts
The latest update to Google Glass will let users access their top 20 phone contacts with voice commands alone. A user can then choose a phone call, Google hangouts, e-mail or text messaging.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.