Skype social media and blog hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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.

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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

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  • Uhh, excuse me.

    > [Note: Just to be clear, we have no reason to believe Microsoft is actually doing this.]

    Hasn't this become common sense now?
    gkubed
    • Hasn't what become common sense?

      Obviously people disagree on exactly what's going on, but I've never seen any evidence that Microsoft is selling account data to the government.
      larry@...
  • NSA already knew about this

    Long ago, I'm sure :-)
    AleMartin
  • what will be step from these tech giants against these hackers?

    The Syrian Electronic Army support the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad, and has been responsible for hacking biggies like The New York Times and Twitter - http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/532628/20140102/skype-snapchat-bbc-league-legends-hacked.htm
    RahulMishra85