Microsoft hacked by Syrian Electronic Army again

Microsoft hacked by Syrian Electronic Army again

Summary: MSFTNews Twitter account hijacked, sends out SEA messages. Within an hour the tweets were removed.

TOPICS: Security, Microsoft

Ten days after Microsoft's Skype social media resources were hijacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, the Microsoft News Twitter account — @MSFTNews — was hijacked. Within an hour the tweets were removed, but you can see them nearby in a screen grab from the Twitter feed widget on the Microsoft News Center web page.

The first tweet was a retweet from @Official_SEA16 during the last attack: "Don't use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments." [Note, if it needs to be said, there is no evidence that Microsoft has done any such thing.] The next tweet was the same message coming direct from @MSFTNews.

The next tweet was a crack at Internet Explorer, followed up by "Syrian Electronic Army was here".

Microsoft never said what the cause was behind the Skype hijack, but it may have been the compromise of a user who had access to those accounts. The same may be true here.

In the case of the Skype hijack, multiple resources were captured: a blog, a Facebook page and a Twitter feed. We were unable to find any other SEA hijacks besides @MSFTNews.

Topics: Security, Microsoft

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  • Lol?

    "there is no evidence that Microsoft has done any such thing"

    Aurora Pariseau
    • proof:
      Aurora Pariseau
      • Selective obliviousness?

        See? I can make up proof too.
      • And yet, search for Google NSA connection

        and you'll see that as far back as 2010, Google and the NSA were working together in a data sharing partnership.
    • complete nonsense

      First, I've never seen even a claim that they "sell" data other than by the SEA. Second, all the claims I ever have seen for them giving data to the government are pursuant to some sort of legal government order, as every other company in the US does. Do you actually expect Microsoft not to comply with court orders?
  • Disappointing Headline

    It is really disappointing that the headline of this article says that Microsoft was 'hacked' - when it was their Twitter account - only Twitter was 'hacked' in this instance. And 'hacked' is probably an overstatement...
    • You are right. Actually they broke twitter not Microsoft at this point

      Ram U
    • I take your point

      But you're being way too picky about the word "hack." To conclude from "Microsoft got hacked" that their products got compromised would be quite presumptuous. As I hint at in the article, in all likelihood what they hacked was a single Microsoft employee.
      • No he's not. He's being accurate

        The title was click bait to get page views. Nothing More, nothing less.
  • Do you really think

    that MS or Apple or any security company would actually admit to having been hacked? It would be bad for business. Why do you think that that there are so many Windows updates? Because MS never gets hacked?
    • Yes

      I expect them to comply with the law. And the US law requires them to inform customers if there's a risk that data has been breached.

      So yes, if their infrastructure had been breached, I'd expect that they would disclose it (pending investigation by law enforcement, of course).

      So far the only breach of MS infrastructure has been the *macs* that MS uses to develop for OSX/iOS. Apple has experienced widespred compromise (of their macs).
  • You have a server being toyed with by a super computer (or two),

    traceable as a mobile phone somewhere in Tierra del Fuego.

    MS, NSA, Apple, Pentagon, you name it, if it's connected to the outside world anything and everything is possible. At this point in time it's a case of been there, done that, for those that have the know how.
  • It's interesting...

    It's interesting all of this is to discredit MS services
    Makes one wonder where SEA is financed from. Couldn't be a MS Competitor that is financing this effort, could it?
  • monitoring your accounts and selling the data

    So what, ALL the browsers Harvest data to sell to anyone! You have nothing to hide if you are not doing anything illicit or dangerous to the public. If you are that paranoid, then go crawl back into a cave and live off the grid!