FT suspends Twitter feed after apparent Syrian Electronic Army attack

News by Dan Raywood

A Twitter feed of the Financial Times has been suspended after it was hacked and malicious links posted.

A Twitter feed of the Financial Times has been suspended after it was hacked and malicious links posted.

According to Reuters, both the Twitter account and website of the FT were hacked, with fingers pointed at the Syrian Electronic Army hacker group. It claimed that stories on the FT's website had their headlines replaced by ‘Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army' and messages on its Twitter feed read: "Do you want to know the reality of the Syrian 'Rebels?'" followed by a link to a video.

A spokeswoman from the Financial Times confirmed to the Telegraph that this had happened, and said the organisation was "working to resolve" the problems "as quickly as possible". The FT said on another Twitter feed that it had "been hacked and you may see tweets that are not from the FT. We are working on getting this fixed".

Jarno Limnell, director of cyber security for Stonesoft, said: “This seems to be the latest in a string of high-profile attacks they have launched against organisations such as the Guardian, White House, Associated Press (AP) and the BBC, to name a few.

“What their activities show us is that cyber space is an important part of every contemporary conflict and the severe effects cyber attacks can have globally. The impact the White House tweets had on the Dow Jones falling over 140 points.”

Thomas Pedersen, CEO of OneLogin, said: “Attacks on Twitter accounts are growing, partly because there is no standard two-factor authentication in place within Twitter and partly because of the way that Twitter accounts work: everything is linked to the single email address, even when the account is shared across multiple people.

“This gets more complex when you have social media accounts being managed by third parties as well. In effect, you have multiple individuals all with the right to enter that account, but it only takes one person being fooled in order to gain access.”


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