Syrian Electronic Army declares victory over Fox TV

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has hacked a HootSuite account that has enabled access to over 200 Twitter and Facebook accounts owned by Fox TV, according to SEA member Th3 Pr0.

The SEA has posted pro-Assad messages to Twitter accounts belonging to FX Australia and Fox TV United Kingdom. FX Australia admitted it had been hacked.

The SEA is notorious for defacing high-profile media accounts, such as those belonging to the New York Times, NPR and the Associated Press, not to mention the Daily Dot.

The hackers have had success in gaining apparent access to media sites in part by hacking peripheral third-parties such as domain name registries and messaging tools like Tango and Viber. These sites seem to be easier to get into and deliver the ability to deface the sites, which appears to be the SEA’s prime motive.

The SEA’s activities have recently garnered them a place on the FBI’s wanted list.

CORRECTION: The hacked accounts belonged to Fox TV, but not specifically to Fox News.

H/T The Desk | Illustration by Fernando Alfonso III

Curt Hopkins

Curt Hopkins

Curt Hopkins has over two decades of experience as a journalist, editorial strategist, and social media manager. His work has been published by Ars Technica, Reuters, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. He is the also founding director of the Committee to Protect Bloggers, the first organization devoted to global free speech rights for bloggers