Reuters Twitter account hijacked, fake pro-Syrian government tweets sent

On August 5, 2012 by stratagem

Source: CNET

Reuters has suffered a second security breach in two days after hackers gained control of one of its Twitter accounts, the news agency revealed this morning.

The Reuters Tech account was commandeered late Saturday and renamed TechMe, Reuters said today in a tweet on its main Twitter news feed. The account has since been suspended and an investigation of the breach is under way, Reuters said.

The newly renamed feed was then defaced with pro-Syrian government tweets, according to a screenshot of the Twitter page captured by Worldwide-Nieuws.

The hack comes two days after hackers broke in to the Reuters.com Web site on Friday and defaced with a phony post purporting to carry an interview with Free Syrian Army head Riad al-Asaad.

“Our blogging platform was compromised and fabricated blog posts were falsely attributed to several Reuters journalists,” the company said in a statement and later tweeted.

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