Microsoft Twitter accounts hacked by SEA

Microsoft's official Xbox support Twitter and the official Microsoft news Twitter accounts have been hacked today by the Syrian Electronic Army, marking the most recent in a long line of attacks against social media accounts by the organization.

The SEA, a collection of computer hackers in support of the Assad regime (amidst a bloody civil war), have recently engaged in a string of defacements against various social media pages and websites belonging to such organizations as VICE, the New York Times, and others. Their most recent target, however, seems to be Microsoft. And unlike others before it, this attack doesn't seem to have any political motivation - according to an interview of SEA member 'The Shadow' conducted by Techworm, the defacement of Microsoft's Xbox support Twitter was carried out 'To show the world that we still exist'. In addition to tweeting a few things out from the account, the SEA also tweeted out a message from their official Twitter confirming that they did in fact carry out the attack. Hours later, a second Microsoft Twitter account - @MSFTNews - was hacked, but the defacement was quickly removed.

Ten days ago the blog, Twitter, and Instagram of Skype - another division of Microsoft - were all hacked and defaced, with the SEA claiming responsibility and asking Skype to 'stop spying on people'. And only 11 days into 2014, the collective may only get more bold as the year goes on.

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Sszecret said,
I can understand them wanting to 'send a message' and whatnot, but come on. Hacking the Xbox support account?

Sending a message would require hitting something of importance. Which would be secure beyond their capabilities. I for one am very happy with this hacking. Shows they are no real threat at all, no worse then the average internet troll.

I think because Micro$oft etc :-|

I think Microsoft still has a reputation of "someone you should hack" just because... *shrug* Lots of lingering hate.

Northgrove said,
I think Microsoft still has a reputation of "someone you should hack" just because...

It's hardly "hacking Microsoft" given Twitter's not in Microsoft's control. Same with last week's "hacks" of Skype's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

I'm thinking Microsoft probably wishes it could get off of those half-assed systems that aren't theirs. When's the last time one of Microsoft's own sites got hacked, in the true sense of the word?

OTOH, this is Twitter and Facebook. There is nothing of value for the taking.

I always wonder how people hack twitter accounts, twitter is so secure, probably by using other kind of hacking like social one.

Kalint said,
I would think one would want to use those talents for something else like... say... ENDING CIVIL WAR

how the **** could hacking twitter accounts end a civil war?

They didn't post anything epic.. Should have posted some trollz.. Remember when Burger Kings twitter got hacked? ****ing epic

Twitter must have some questionable security. It seems every few days another account has been compromised and in the news. You cant always blame the users passwords and PC habits.

I think you can. It's not twitter's fault or a vulnerability on their side (if it was, a higher profile account would have been taken like Obama's)

They have 2 factor authentication available so this shouldn't be happening if companies use a strong password and two factor authentication

paul0544 said,
Twitter must have some questionable security. It seems every few days another account has been compromised and in the news. You cant always blame the users passwords and PC habits.
Wrong. Unless all the accounts were using two-factor authentication, you can easily blame the account holders. Easily!

Twitter's code must be a joke if the SEA has managed to hack into multiple high profile accounts and twitter are still completely clueless as to how they're able to do it and unable to patch against it.

n_K said,
Twitter's code must be a joke if the SEA has managed to hack into multiple high profile accounts and twitter are still completely clueless as to how they're able to do it and unable to patch against it.

It seems like the vulnerability might be with bit.ly, which sadly enough is hosted in Libya.

n_K said,
Twitter's code must be a joke if the SEA has managed to hack into multiple high profile accounts and twitter are still completely clueless as to how they're able to do it and unable to patch against it.
Twitter are clearly NOT clueless when they have already implemented two-factor authentication months ago. It's blatantly the fault of whoever is in charge of all these "hacked" accounts with their weak-ass passwords. Nothing to do with Twitter at all.

AmazingRando said,
SEA member 'The Shadow' said they do it 'To show the world that we still exist'.

Mission accomplished.

The world already knew some people still support Assad. Otherwise his head would have already been on a spike by now.