27 May 2013

Sky's Android Apps, Twitter Account Hit by Syrian Hackers

Several Android apps of British company Sky and its Twitter account were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. The hackers posted a tweet, allegedly from the broadcaster, advising people to uninstall the official apps.

“The Sky Help Team's Twitter account has been compromised, and the tweet that states customers should uninstall their apps is not guidance from Sky,” the company representatives told CNet. “We are currently investigating the situation. We will provide a further update when we have more information.”

In the attack on the Android apps, the Syrian Electronic Army replaced the logo of each app with its own and changed their descriptions to claim the attack. This is the first time the hacking group, which has mainly targeted social media accounts, has targeted Google Android apps.

On Sunday, the broadcaster removed Sky Go, Sky News, Sky Sports News, and several other apps, from the Google Play Store. The News Arabia, News Weather Channel, and News Arabia for Tablets escaped the cyber-attack, as did the broadcaster's iOS apps.

The British company is just the latest high-level target of the Syrian Electronic Army. So far, the hacking group supporting President Bashar Assad has hacked social media accounts of the Associated Press, E!Online, Financial Times, the Telegraph, NPR, CBS, the Guardian, the BBC, and the Onion.

Last week, Twitter announced a two-factor authentication system, a long-awaited security measure that will help prevent further hackings. The micro-blogging platform also warned media companies that “attacks will continue,” and urged them to “minimize the number of people that have access” to accounts to prevent security breaches.