Skype social media accounts allegedly hacked | News | Al Jazeera

Skype social media accounts allegedly hacked

Syrian Electronic Army linked to apparent hack of Microsoft-owned Skype's Twitter account over Snowden NSA leaks.

    Skype social media accounts allegedly hacked
    Various websites and social media accounts have been hacked by SEA, including the New York Times [File: Reuters]

    The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacker group appears to have hacked Skype's social media accounts. 

    Microsoft-owned Skype's Twitter account on Wednesday 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 about 10:30GMT but was removed less than two hours later. 

    Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency. 

    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, AFP and other media organisations.

    Surveillance programme

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

    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 programme 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 the SEA messages appeared to have apparently been removed.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.