08 05

Online activists backing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed responsibility on Tuesday for hacking an AFP Twitter account.

The account, @AFPphoto, was hacked on Tuesday at around 1645 GMT. Images posted until the account was suspended more than an hour later did not come from the agency, AFP’s management said in a statement.

Most of the images posted after the site was hacked were related to the conflict in Syria.

In a tweet, an online group known as the Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsiblity for hacking the AFP account.

The group has previously claimed credit for hacking the websites of Sky News Arabia and Al-Jazeera Mobile, as well as those of governments in the region.

The Syrian Electronic Army claims on its website to defend the “Syrian Arab people” against campaigns led by the Arab and Western media it accuses of “broadcasting fabricated news about what is happening in Syria.”

Source : GlobalPost

Some international websites talked about this hack too :

eSecurityPlanet

SoftPedia

HackRead

Ibtimes

Sky News

NextGov

Russia Today

Yahoo News

The Voice of Russia

Le Figaro

The Verge

Washington Post

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