Hacker Group Briefly Takes Over Some Of CNN’s Social Media Accounts

The "scene" of the alleged crime.

The “scene” of the alleged crime.

When a website gets hacked, what’s the best place to read news about that hack? Well at least in CNN’s case, the news organization wasn’t shy about revealing that some of its social media accounts and blogs were the victim of a hack attack last night. Everything appears to be back to normal now.

CNN reports on its own hack, which is being claimed by the Syrian Electronic Army, writing that CNN’s main Facebook account, CNN Politics’ Facebook page and the Twitter pages for CNN and CNN’s Security Clearance were compromised. That’s in addition to blogs for Political Ticker, The Lead, Security Clearance, The Situation Room and Crossfire.

“Syrian Electronic Army Was Here…Stop lying… All your reports are fake!” one of the posts on CNN’s Twitter account said, purportedly from the group.

It also wrote on its own account on Twitter: “Tonight, the #SEA decided to retaliate against #CNN’s viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in #Syria.”

It seems that the attack was quick, CNN claims.

“The posts were deleted within minutes and the accounts have since been secured,” the news site writes in its post on the attack.

This is not the first time we’ve heard of the SEA, of course, and definitely not the first time CNN has, either: The New York Times, Huffington Post and Twitter itself were allegedly attacked by the group back in August, while CNN’s site, the Washington Post and Time were also hit by the SLA two weeks prior to that attack.

Some CNN social media accounts hacked [CNN.com]