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Washington Post Website Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The Washington Post that its website was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, making it the latest media organization hit by the pro Bashar al-Assad group.

In a brief note posted to its website, Washington Post Editors confirmed that the site was hacked on Thursday.

“The Washington Post Web site was hacked today, with readers on certain stories being redirected to the site of the Syrian Electronic Army. The group is a hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,” the statement read.

The Post said that it was "working to resolve the issue", though the main site for the news outlet appears to be functioning properly as of 12:30PM ET Thursday.

The Syrian Electronic Army has been responsible for other recent attacks, including ones that targeted the AFP’s Twitter account and three CBS News accounts, in order to spread propaganda supporting Syria’s President Assad. In May, the group hacked into the Associated Press's Twitter account and falsely reported that President Barack Obama had been injured after two blasts at the White House.


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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.