Syrian Electronic Army hacks NPR, vandalizes headlines

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The Syrian Electronic Army appears to have hacked into accounts belonging to the NPR media network, and defaced news stories overnight.

A Google search for the phrase “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here” reveals some evidence of webpages that were hit in the attack.

The good news is that NPR appears to have cleaned-up the affected webpages, some of which were carrying news of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

The motive for the hack is unclear, although it’s likely that the hackers have not been impressed with NPR’s coverage of the situation in Syria. But the Syrian Electronic Army appears to have no desire to explain what made them hack the site…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.