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22 Apr 2013

Syrian Hackers Hijack CBS Twitter Account

Syrian hackers hijacked the Twitter accounts of CBS programs “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours,” and posted fake messages about the US helping terrorists. The Syrian Electronic Army also infected the tweets with malicious links, according to All Things Digital.

One of the phony messages said “Obama is Shamelessly in Bed with Al-Qaeda,” despite the terror striking the country. Another claimed to show “New Evidence of CIA Arming Al Qaeda Terrorists in #Syria.”

The media corporation removed the fake messages and regained control of both Twitter accounts by Saturday afternoon. Hours later, the feeds were hacked again and are currently suspended. CBS apologized to their almost 2.5 million followers.  

“We have experienced problems on Twitter accounts of #60Minutes & @48Hours; We apologize for the inconvenience; Twitter is resolving issues,” the CBS News representatives tweeted. “PLEASE NOTE: Our Twitter account was compromised earlier today. We are working with Twitter to resolve,” they wrote on the “60 Minutes” account.

In March, the pro-Syrian hackers also hacked the Twitter account of BBC's weather service to show direct support for Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad. Reuters and Al-Jazeera were also victims of similar Twitter hackings.