Forbes hit by Syrian Electronic Army

17 February 2014

Forbes has become the latest in a long line of victims of the Syrian Electronic Army, after the cyber wing of Bashar al-Assad's army hacked the news provider's website over the weekend.
 
In a series of screenshots purporting to illustrate the extent of the crime, the SEA suggested that it had compromised user data, defaced webpages and posted a bogus story to Forbes.com, in addition to hacking three Twitter accounts connected to the site.
 
As well as the @ForbesTech account, hackers gained control of accounts belonging to social media editor Alex Knapp (@TheAlexKnapp) and personal finance report Samantha Sharf (@Samsharf), posting the message "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here".
 
The SEA claimed the motivation behind the attacks was Forbes' alleged 'hate for Syria' in articles decrying the actions of the cyber attackers.
 
An investigation is now underway at Forbes to determine the validity of the SEA's claims, after it alleged it was able to access accounts simply through hacking Wordpress, unlike the targeted phishing emails it used to hack media organisations including the BBC, Sky and the Guardian.
 
By Claire Archer

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