CNN blogs, Twitter & Facebook hacked, hoax Syria & Al Qaeda posts published

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Several of CNN's blogs and social media accounts were hacked yesterday. (Photo Credit: Photo Illustration by London Shearer Allen, CNN image by Randomwire via Flickr)

Five CNN blogs and several CNN Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked yesterday, CNN disclosed in a Jan. 23 news story.

Fake messages related to Syria were posted, including “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here…Stop lying… All your reports are fake!” According to CNN’s news report, “the posts were deleted within minutes and the accounts have since been secured.”

The Syrian Electronic Army is a pro-Assad hacking group that has previously hacked numerous news sites’ accounts, as iMediaEthics has written.  Last year, the group reportedly attacked the New York Times‘ website. The Times explained at the time, “the disruption in service to was the result of an external attack on our domain name registrar, which redirected many users of to a bad domain address.” The Syrian Electronic Army has also taken credit for hacking Twitter accounts belonging to the Associated Press, the Financial Times, the Guardian, the BBC, Agence France-Presse and others. It has hacked NPR’s website and Al Jazeera’s mobile service as well.

According to CNN’s report, the list of CNN accounts hacked yesterday “included CNN’s main Facebook account, CNN Politics’ Facebook account and the Twitter pages for CNN and CNN’s Security Clearance. Blogs for Political Ticker, The Lead, Security Clearance, The Situation Room and Crossfire were also hacked.”

New York Magazine’s Stefan Becket captured a screenshot of one of the tweets posted during the hack.  See below.



Another tweet that Mediaite captured, posted at 5:59 PM on the @CNN account said “Obama Bin Laden the lord of terror is brewing lies that the Syrian state controls Al Qaeda.”

The Syrian Electronic Army tweeted numerous times yesterday about the hack.







iMediaEthics has written to CNN asking for more details about the hacking of the blogs and will update with any response.

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