Al Arabiya Facebook Page hacked, fake Syria news posted

Al Arabiya Facebook Page hacked, fake Syria news posted

Summary: Al Arabiya saw its English Facebook Page hacked and defaced today. The company has regained control of the Facebook Page, but not before a slew of fake news was posted.

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Al Arabiya, a Saudi-owned television news channel, saw its English Facebook Page hacked today by a group calling itself "Syria's Electronic Army." The group defaced the Page with its own banner (pictured above) and posted fake news about ongoing events in Syria. The website released the following statement:

Posts on the page surrounding the conflict in Syria have provided our readers with what is believed to be false news on attacks in Syria and deceptive information on Saudi government orders.

The posts included news about clashes between the Free Syria Army and the Syrian regime security forces, which Al Arabiya cannot verify.

The news is being falsely attributed to Al Arabiya sources.

The posts by hackers appear in Arabic on Al Arabiya English Facebook page and have confused our fans who normally expect the latest news on the Middle East in the English language.

The hackers criticized Al Arabiya TV and accused the channel of involvement in "the destruction of Egypt and Libya," of working "day and night to broadcast venomous, Brotherhood, Zionist, thoughts, in Egypt and the Arab World," and of paving the way for "NATO's occupation of Libya and its wealth."

Al Arabiya says it has since regained control of the Facebook Page. The organization refused to speculate on the source of the attack.

This is not the first time Al Arabiya has been targeted. The media outlet has been the victim of Internet vandalism, has been hit by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, and has even seen terrestrial transmissions jammed.

For its part, Syria has accused multiple news organizations in the Middle East and the West for exaggerating the facts of what is currently happening in the country.

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Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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