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Syrian Electronic Army Leaves Its Mark on the Financial Times

syrian_electronic_armyYou can now add the Financial Times to the steadily growing list of media organizations that have been attacked by the band of digital pranksters known as the Syrian Electronic Army.

The London-based financial newspaper (and competitor to The Wall Street Journal, which, like this website, is owned by News Corp.) saw both its main website and several Twitter accounts attacked, according to a report by another British newspaper, the Telegraph.

As of 10:30 am ET, Twitter accounts belonging to the FT’s Lex column, its tech news section and a few others were all suspended.

But this attack was a little different from the more recent moves by the pro-Assad group. Lately, they’ve stuck to attacking the Twitter accounts of Western media organizations including CBS, the BBC, the Guardian and the Onion. This time, they actually attacked the main website, as well, and left headlines announcing that they had visited.

Zach Seward of nabbed a screenshot, which he shared on Twitter:

Syrian Electronic Army appears to have hacked the Financial Times tech blog @
Zach Seward

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