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​Syrian Electronic Army hacks CNN accounts amid Geneva 2 talks

Published time: January 24, 2014 02:12
Screenshot from CNN.com

Screenshot from CNN.com

Hackers claiming to be from the Syrian Electronic Army broke into CNN’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and one of the news channel’s blogs on Thursday. The hacks occurred amid the Geneva 2 peace talks between government and opposition representatives.

Around 17:45 EST, CNN’s Twitter account sent messages such as "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here...Stop lying...All your reports are fake!” and "DON'T FORGET: Al Qaeda is AL CIA da. Funded, armed and controlled.”

Once CNN had regained control, it tweeted, “Some of our organization's social media accounts were compromised. We have secured those accounts and are working to remedy the issue.”

The Syrian Electronic Army - a collective of hackers sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar Assad - has targeted other news outlets like BBC and NPR, as well as Skype, TIME magazine, and US President Barack Obama’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Thursday was the second day of preliminary meetings in Geneva before more serious peace talks begin on Friday between Assad’s regime and opposition leaders. The Geneva 2 meetings also involve world powers such as Russia and the United States, as well as various Arab states and Turkey. The opposition coalition repeated Thursday its aversion to meeting face-to-face with Syrian government representatives. UN mediators will organize negotiations between the groups.

Comments (13)

 

Harlem Art HM ArtFrame 25.01.2014 06:31

Rachael Podrasky 24.01.2014 17:42

Yeah, America is the only country in the world where the government controls the media....Everyone likes a freedom fighter until they blow up a building or kill a bunch of hostages in the name of their cause.

  


WR ONG RACHEL, DON'T FORGET TURKEY WHERE THE PRIME MINISTER AND HIS RELATIVES ENDED UP LITERALLY PURCHASING MOST OF THE MEDIA.

 

Lynn Faulkner 24.01.2014 22:01

Rachel, So BBC tells the truth? Seriously? There was a time when I trusted BBC over CNN, et al, but it has become a corporate owned government hack.

 

Rachael Podrasky 24.01.2014 17:42

Yeah, America is the only country in the world where the government controls the media....Everyone likes a freedom fighter until they blow up a building or kill a bunch of hostages in the name of their cause.

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