Reuters has seen one of its Twitter accounts compromised just 48 hours after it discovered that Syrian cybercriminals had allegedly hacked its blogging platform. The culprits, presumably the same group in both instances, are President Bashar al-Assad loyalists and have been using Reuters’ credibility to get anti-rebel messages out.
According to VentureBeat, the hackers changed the Twitter handle from @ReutersTech, which is dedicated to technology news, to @ReutersME, and began posting tweets focused on the Middle East to the account’s 17,500 followers. Most were pro-Syrian government messages. Reuters has taken the account offline for now and is working with Twitter to review the hack.
The attack is part of a growing trend; Gizmodo and a New York Times reporter have also had their Twitter accounts hacked recently. For those who want to get a message out, targeting influential media organisations is appealing and is likely to start happening more.