Skype social media and blog hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Summary:[UPDATED] The Syrian Electronic Army defaced Microsoft's Skype blog and posted to their Facebook page and Twitter account, according to reports.

Reports are spreading that on New Years Day the Facebook and Twitter accounts and blog for Microsoft's Skype were hacked by the SEA (Syrian Electronic Army).

[UPDATE: A Skype spokesperson contacted us with this statement: "We recently became aware of a targeted cyber attack that led to access to Skype's social media properties, but these credentials were quickly reset. No user information was compromised."]

As of 16:20 EST the Facebook and Twitter accounts seem clean, but the SEA post to the Skype blog is still up:

Skype.SEA.deface

At this point, Microsoft is redirecting traffic from blogs.skype.com to the Skype home page (www.skype.com).

The account under which the blog was posted, Shana Pearlman, also displays SEA lines: "Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.. Stop Spying!" and "Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments." [Note: Just to be clear, we have no reason to believe Microsoft is actually doing this.]

A similar message on Microsoft's Twitter account was captured by @charlesarthur:

skype.sea.twitter.hack

Topics: Security, Microsoft

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