The hacker group known as the Syrian Electronic Army, which has been targeting Microsoft for the past several weeks, has now turned its attention to other online outlets. Today, the SEA went after the Forbes website, but this time, instead of just defacing pages, it claims to have taken 1 million user names and passwords from the site.
The official SEA Twitter account posted up a screenshot of what appears to be the editorial content backend of Forbes.com. Re/code reports that the SEA was able to write up at least one quick news post on the site before it was removed.
Another Twitter post shows a screenshot which appears to indicate the SEA got access to over 1 million user accounts for Forbes.com. At first, they claimed they were going to sell it but later the group said it will publish what they have on an Internet site for free.
A Forbes spokesperson told Re/code, ""Forbes.com’s publishing platform was compromised. We’ve been making adjustments to the site to protect online privacy and the editorial integrity of our content. We are looking into and monitoring the situation closely. We’re taking this matter very seriously." The statement did not mention anything about user accounts being stolen.