Al Jazeera’s “mobile service” was hacked this weekend and a “three false texts” were sent, the Australian Herald Sun reported. According to the Herald Sun, Al Jazeera said that the fake posts were “a result of hacking of the service.”
The fake posts included that “an attempt had been made to assassinate Qatar’s prime minister” and that “Sheikha Moza, the wife of Qatar’s emir, had been ‘lightly wounded.'”
“the message claiming that [Qatar]’s prime minister has been the target of an assassination attempt… is false and was a result of a hack.”
Doha News reported that “The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of hackers who support Syria’s embattled government, was quick to claim responsibility for the cyberattack.”
The Washington Post added that Al Jazeera’s “spokesman says an investigation is ongoing.”
Just last week, Al Jazeera’s websites were hacked, as we wrote at the time. According to a statement posted on Al Jazeera’s site, the hack was reportedly “a response to your position against the people and government of Syria, especially your support of the armed terrorist groups and spreading false fabricated news.”
The BBC noted that the same group that took credit for the hack claimed it was “behind an attack on al-Jazeera English’s website” earlier this year.
Amnesty International’s blog was hacked last month and fake posts “including one that took a strong pro-Syrian government stance,” according to a statement sent to iMediaEthics by Amnesty International News and Media managing editor Ben Davies.
Reuters’s blogging website was hacked twice in August and fake stories related to Syria and Saudi Arabia were posted.
We have written to Al Jazeera for more information and will update with any response.
UPDATE: 9/17/2012 12:53 PM EST: Added info from the BBC.