Security Experts:

Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

SecurityWeekSecurityWeek

Cybercrime

Syrian Group Hacks Skype Twitter Account

WASHINGTON – The Syrian Electronic Army hacker group set its sights on Skype’s social media accounts Wednesday to accuse Microsoft of spying on user data.

Microsoft-owned Skype’s Twitter account displayed the message: “Don’t use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments.More details soon #SEA.”

WASHINGTON – The Syrian Electronic Army hacker group set its sights on Skype’s social media accounts Wednesday to accuse Microsoft of spying on user data.

Microsoft-owned Skype’s Twitter account displayed the message: “Don’t use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments.More details soon #SEA.”

It was posted around 1030 GMT but was removed less than two hours later.

Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment.

The SEA account belongs to the Syrian Electronic Army, which backs the Damascus government.

In a posting on its own Twitter account, the SEA said “You can thank Microsoft for monitoring your accounts/emails using this details,” and listed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s contact information.

The group has previously hacked accounts of The New York Times, Agence France-Presse and other media organizations.

The SEA’s latest attack appears to be linked to documents released by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, which revealed the PRISM surveillance program.

PRISM is said to give the NSA and FBI easy access to the systems of nine of the world’s top Internet companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and Skype.

The program apparently allowed the NSA to spy on audio and video calls using so-called secret backdoors. Skype has denied the existence of such access.

Tech blogs said that at one point, the Skype blog had the headline: “Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.. Stop Spying!”

Skype’s Twitter account was also said to have posted the message: “Stop spying on people! via Syrian Electronic Army.”

But links provided by the SEA’s Twitter account to Skype’s blog and Facebook account did not work, and no SEA message appeared on those sites around 0030 GMT, having apparently been removed. 

Written By

AFP 2023

Click to comment

Expert Insights

Related Content

Cybercrime

Zendesk is informing customers about a data breach that started with an SMS phishing campaign targeting the company’s employees.

Cybercrime

The release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in late 2022 has demonstrated the potential of AI for both good and bad.

Cybercrime

A new study by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) named a staggering figure as the true annual cost of...

Cybercrime

The FBI dismantled the network of the prolific Hive ransomware gang and seized infrastructure in Los Angeles that was used for the operation.

Cybercrime

Video games developer Riot Games says source code was stolen from its development environment in a ransomware attack

Cybercrime

CISA, NSA, and MS-ISAC issued an alert on the malicious use of RMM software to steal money from bank accounts.

Cybercrime

Chinese threat actor DragonSpark has been using the SparkRAT open source backdoor in attacks targeting East Asian organizations.

Cybercrime

Artificial intelligence is competing in another endeavor once limited to humans — creating propaganda and disinformation.