SEA hacks CNN: ‘Your reports are fake’

CNN’s Twitter account was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) Thursday. The brief takeover was visible in a series of tweets where the SEA proclaimed it had control of the account and that “all your reports are fake.” A few other tweets were sent before CNN regained its account.


All of the tweets have since been deleted and @CNN is back to normal. 

While this particular attack was shortlived, it’s hardly the first time the SEA has taken over a Twitter account—or another site, for that matter. The Saudi governmentSkypeTime magazine, Fox, and even yours truly have all fallen victm to the group. Western news agencies are a common target of the SEA, with one of its main purposes being to defend Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

The group’s method? Usually phishing attacks. All it takes is one gullible employee and boom, your passwords are no longer safe. 

But at least for today, order at @CNN has been restored. We’ve reached out to CNN for comment. 

Update: A source at CNN gave the following statement to the Daily Dot: “Some of the organization’s social media accounts were compromised via third-party social publishing platform. We are working with the affected users and vendor to remedy the issue.” 

Illustration via Syrian Electronic Army/Twitter

Molly McHugh

Molly McHugh

Molly McHugh is the tech editor of the Daily Dot, focusing on technology, social media, sports, and streaming entertainment. Her work has also appeared in Wired and the Ringer.