Reuters hacked to display messages in favor of the Syrian government
A Twitter account and one of the blogs from the Reuters News agency were hacked over the weekend by pro-government propagandists Syria. Using the account @ ReutersTech, attackers posted dozens of messages announcing the victory against rebels in the country. Also attached fake interviews and articles attributed to journalists from Reuters.
According to reports, the movement of rebels planned to use chemical weapons smuggled from Libya obtained. It was also said that they were retiring to Turkey after suffering a major defeat. Both articles were false.
Reuters responded by removing the items, recovering the accounts and changing the name to @ReutersTech @ReutersMe. It is not clear who was behind the attack, although many assume it is the “Electronic Army Syria,” which in the past has attacked other sites that supposedly support the rebel movement in the country.
The incident may seem minor, but it shows that not only bombs and machine guns are weapons in the current war: the Internet is an increasingly important stage in the conflict. Syria regards this attack is rather crude, but at the last time we met with very advanced virus as Stuxnet or Flame were used to sabotage nuclear facilities in Iran.
Reuters is also an important goal, considering that many use the news media provided by this agency. Thus, the potential for expanding a message that has Reuters is quite high.
In 2011 began a civil war in Syria, where a group of rebels apparently motivated by the “Arab spring” rose against the government of Bashar al-Assad, president of the country since 2000, and succeeded his father, Hafez Al Assad, who served for 29 years.
Link: Reuters Twitter feed, blogging platform hacked (Discovery News)Tags: hack, News, propaganda, Reuters, Syria