March 23, 2013

When Getting Hacked Helps You

Hugh Langley, TechRadar

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I won't lie: I had a good laugh during the BBC Weather Twitter feed hack today. The account was hijacked by a pro-Syria group titled "Syrian Electronic Army", and though the underlying political issue certainly isn't so funny, the way in which the hacktivists made their move was pretty entertaining. Over the course of an hour the cybergroup posted a number of faux weather warnings involving camel collisions and suchlike, which the BBC failed to notice for some time. Although they didn't get the spotlight, BBC Arabic and BBC Radio Ulster were also hijacked, though control was taken back a lot sooner on these channels.

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