Syrian Electronic Army hacks 4 Wall Street Journal twitter accounts


Wall Street Journal was caught in the crossfire between the Syrian Electronic Army and Ira Winkler who is the CEO of security firm Secure Mentem.

The Syrian Electronic Army(SEA) hijacked four twitter accounts belong to WSJ : @WSJD,  WSJ Europe(@WSJPEurope), WSJ Africa(@WSJAfrica) and WSJ Vintage(@WSJVintage).

SEA posted the message "@Irawinkler is a cockroach" with a picture of Ira Winkler's head on the body of a cockroach.

The attack was carried out in response to a RSA Conference presentation in which Winkler talked about the hacking methods of the SEA and made fun of them.

In his presentation, Winkler also commented that "these people are like cockroaches of the Internet".

This is not the first attack carried out by SEA in response to this presentation.  Last month, the group also defaced the RSA Conference website and said "If there is a cockroach in the internet, it would be definitely you "

Wall Street Journal seems to have recovered the hijacked twitter accounts posted in twitter "We have secured our compromised Twitter accounts and they are now functioning normally."

British National Party's Twitter account and website hacked by Anonymous


A Hacker appears to affiliated with Anonymous hacktivists has hijacked the official twitter account of British National Party(BNP) and started to post anti-government and hateful messages.


The hacker also managed to deface one of the subdomains of BNP(British National Party Twitter account hacked by Anonymous ).  The defacement message simply says "Hacked by Anon_0x03, [redacted] the Government!"

When an user asked about the motive of the attack, the hacker simply replied that BNP is a random target.

"I'm not even from GB." the tweet posted from hacked BNP account(@BNP) reads.

It appears hackers have access to the account for more than 20 hours.  But, No one from BNP have noticed.  The recent tweet says "damn racist".

At the time of writing, the hacker has still access to the BNP twitter account and the subdomain is still defaced.

Justin Bieber Twitter account hacked, malicious url tweeted


Justin Bieber official twitter account which has more than 50 million followers has been hijacked by attackers to spread spam links from the account.

The attacker posted a tweet saying "Justin Bieber Cemberut? [Malicious link] " ( Cemberut is Indonesian word, it means  'Sullen').

The shortened link provided in the tweet leads to a .tk domain 'rumahfollowers[.]tk'.  At the time of writing, we are not able to access the site.  So, we are not able to determine exactly what has been delivered to users.

More than 13k users have favorited the spam tweets and over 7,000 users have re-tweeted them.  It means thousands of users might have followed the link and affected by this spam.

It is worth to note that this is not the first time his account being hijacked by attackers.  We are not sure how this time the account get compromised by the attacker. 

His team managed to recover the account and posted saying " all good now, we handled it".

Dubai Police's Twitter and other Social media accounts hacked by @TheHorsemenLulz

A hacker identified as @TheHorsemenLulz attacked Dubai Police's official Social media accounts including verified Twitter account with 258k followers.

"Dubai Police is spying on you, Isn’t it fair that we the people do the same back? hacked by @TheHorsemenLulz," message posted in the hijacked twitter account reads.

Hacker posted a number of screenshots in his twitter account, it shows that he also hijacked other social media accounts : Pinterest, Linkedin and Tumblr.

Dubai Police have regained access to their twitter account and the tweets posted by hacker have been removed from the feeds.

It appears the hacker has ddosed several websites including Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, UAE Computer Emergency Response Team and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company.

CNN Twitter account and blog hacked by Syrian Electronic Army


Fake article posted by Syrian electronic Army

Just few hours ago, Syrian Electronic Army hijacked the official twitter account of CNN and started to posted series of tweets.

Hackers mentioned the hack is part of retaliation against CNN for "viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in #Syria."

"#CNN used its usual formula of present unverifiable information as truth, adopting a report by Qataris against #Syria." one of the tweets posted by hacker reads.

The group appears to have compromised the main twitter account @CNN and @natlsecuritycnn, main facebook page of CNN, CNN politics' facebook page.



"US Media strategy is now to hide the fact that the CIA controls and funds Al Qaeda by blaming #Syria instead for their terror. #SEA" Recent tweet from group reads.

The group also managed to compromise the "CNN Security Clearance", "Political Ticker", "The Lead", "The Situation Room" and "Crossfire" blogs.

The also managed to post a fake article entitled "BREAKING NEWS: US declares state of national emergency, State department reportedly out of reach"

  • http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/23/breaking-news-us-declares-state-of-national-emergency-state-department-reportedly-out-of-reach/
  • "China dumps all bonds, declares South China Sea closed zone ": http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/23/breaking-china-dumps-all-bonds-declares-south-china-sea-closed-zone/ 
  • http://situationroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/23/breaking-china-dumps-all-bonds-declares-south-china-sea-closed-zone/


CNN confirmed the hack in their recent tweet saying " Some of our organization's social media accounts were compromised. We have secured those accounts and deleted unauthorized tweets."

Twitter account of Joe Simpson hacked, terrible tweets posted


Verified Twitter account of an English Mountaineer Joe Simpson hijacked by an unknown hacker and posted a series of horrible messages from his account.

According to US magazine, the hacker posted more than 40 horrible tweets including "I've used my 'name' and abused my power".

" I've molested multiple and can provide proof. Everyone should know.  Everyone should know," One of the tweets posted by hacker reads.

"For those who are wondering...my account has not been hacked but as I said I would remove those tweets...see I can get away with anything ;)" the hacker added in another tweet.

After sometime, Joe managed to regain the control to his account and removed the awful messages.

"My twitter account was hacked this evening and some terrible messages were sent from my account. My account has been reset now." In his tweet, Joe admitted his twitter was hacked.

Twitter account of Malindo Air hacked

Malindo Air, an airline based in Malaysia, has lost control of their tweets after hackers hijacked their twitter account.

Hacker managed to tweet a false message saying "Dear all, in view of the recent events, Malindo Air is giving away 100,000 free seats from today till end of the week."

When a Malaysian politician Tony Pua retweeted and asking whether "Hacked or real?".  The hackers responded with "damn real, yb".


However, Malindo Air representative told local news report that they are not giving 100,000 free seats and apologized for the inconvenience.

"Dear All, our twitter account has been hacked. Please do not entertain the hacker. We will get to the bottom of this problem. Thank you."

It appears they have not yet recovered the account, the tweet posted by the hacker still appears even after 20 hours. 

Social Media accounts, SMS service of Tahrir News hacked


Hackers break into the official twitter and facebook accounts of Tahrir News, the popular Egyptian newspaper and published false information, according to Softpedia report.

The organization has confirmed the security breach and informed their subscribers about the security breach in their website.

"The media company believes the Muslim Brotherhood has launched this attack in an effort to 'spread chaos and cause confusion among Egyptians.' "The softpedia report says.

The security breach forced the organization to temporarily shut down the SMS service which was also reportedly hijacked by the hackers.

At the time of writing, Twitter and Facebok accounts appears to be recovered and back to normal.

Twitter Accounts of Jordana Brewster, Zach Roerig and Pentagram Hacked

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#Exclusive: Jordana Brewster, a Brazilian-American actress, best known for his role in Fast & Furious Movies, admitted that her twitter account was hijacked by cybercriminals.

According to followers report, the cyber criminals who hijacked the account has posted a spam tweet from her account.  The incident was first reported by Eduard Kovacs at Softpedia.

"please ignore tweets ( except for this one) my account seems to have been hacked" recent tweet from @JordanaBrewster reads.  "all good now".

Jordana Brewster twitter account hacked - Image : E Hacking News


I found she is not the only celebrity who fell victim to the twitter account hijack in this month.

Zach Roerig, an American actor who is best known for roles of Casey Hughes on As the World Turns, admitted that his twitter account was hacked.

"Burn 2 + inches off your waist losing up to 20 lbs of body fat in 28 days with hxxx://tinyurl. com/klwcpwq" The spam tweet reads. 

The recent tweet from @zach_roerig "Once again being hacked sucks" apparently shows that this is not the first time his account being hijacked by cyber criminals.


Zach Roerig twitter account hacked - Image : E Hacking News

The story does not end here, the official twitter account of Pentagram, a design studio that was founded in 1972 , is also got hacked.  Hackers posted the same spam tweet used in the Zach Roerig twitter hack.

"Dear Twitter followers, if you receive a direct message from us, please don't click on the link. We caught something that's going around."  The recent tweet from pentagram reads.

Pentagram official twitter account hacked - Image : E Hacking News

*Update*:
I just found the following twitter accounts also fell victim to the spam attack: Hart Hanson (@HartHanson), @NewsBreaker, Jane Ellison MP(@janeellisonmp).





*Update 2:
Twitter account of Justin Bethel (@Jbet26), an American football cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League, also got hacked and spreading spam tweets.


Update 3:
ESPN Reporter,  Mike Massaro also admitted that his account abused for spreading spam:


ESPN NFC East twitter account (@espn_nfceast ) is unavailable after hackers hijacked the account.

*Update 4:
 Graham DeLaet(@GrahamDeLaet ) ,a Canadian professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour, also got hacked by the same group. 

Twitter Account Of Actress Stefanie Scott for sale in UnderGround hacking forum

A recent post on an underground hacking forum claimed to sell the Twitter account of the actress "Stefanie Scott" . This is one of the rare time's the attack can be prevented before it happens so I am releasing this  post in public interest.And to show how such celebrity accounts are sold by hackers.

Now lets analyze the post . First I am worried by his statement of "pm me for her twitter ETC" which point's that he is in control of MORE than her twitter account. And she seems oblivious to the fact that her account's might be hijacked because she tweeted about an hour ago and the sales thread has been opened way before that .

As you can see such accounts can go for 400$ or more .The account has 256,211 followers which is worth a lot.Most such hacks don't affect the celebrities as much as the followers whose computers or accounts might be hijacked as the result of following the links posted by a hacker posing as the celebrity. 

It is the responsibility of the celebrity to keep his/her account safe as they are not the only people affected, their fans often take the worst side of the attack.

PS: This might just be a scam by the user to rip off  other users but it seems unlikely since he is a higher level of user and would not like "scam reports" to be opened against him.I will update this article if I get more information. 

Canadian Ice Hockey Player Tyler Seguin says his Twitter Account hacked


Canadian Ice Hockey Player Tyler Seguin has temporarily closed his twitter
account after repeatedly hackers hijacked his twitter account to post offensive messages.

The account was reportedly hacked twice within a few days and has been misused to post anti-gay messages.

" We’ve addressed the issue directly with Tyler and we’ll continue to work on educating our players regarding the importance of their conduct on all forms of social media." Official statement from the Dallas Stars organization reads.

The last tweet posted by Seguin is about shutting down his twitter account "After repeated attempts by 'hackers' to try to damage my reputation I have decided to shut down my twitter account for a while."

Filipina actress Kathryn Bernardo's Twitter account hacked



It appears the 17-year old Filipina actress Kathryn Bernardo is the latest celebrity who fall victim to the cybercriminals who hijack twitter accounts of celebrities.

The hack was initially reported just before 5 hours by our friend Eduard Kovacs in Softpedia.

The hacker who has hijacked the account posted nothing other than a tweet reads "Hacked".


The tweet is there for more than 9 hours that made me to think whether the account is really hacked or not.  It has also been retweeted by more than thousand followers.

It doesn't sound like someone has hacked the account but it does look she herself posted the tweet.  We will update once we got more information on this.

Spammers hit Twitter account of famous novelist Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie, British Indian novelist and essayist, has become the latest victim of the celebrity twitter account hacks.

"Shed 20 lbs of weight off your belly in only 2 weeks hxxx://bit.ly/10KeTYV ” The tweet posted by the spammers , after compromising his twitter account @SalmanRushdie .

The link leads to a Spam website "hxxx://erzrl.latenightnews123.com" where the page title says "Miracle Weight Loss Proven to work". 


Salman has manged to recover his account and post the following tweet "Apologies. My twitter account was hacked. Have changed password so the Spam should stop."


Salman is not the only celebrity who fell victim to twitter account hijacks. Recently cybercriminals compromised the twitter accounts of Cher and Alec Baldwin posted a message about a diet brand.

Cybercriminals hijacked Twitter accounts of Cher and Alec Baldwin

American singer and actress Cher fell victim to the twitter account hacks.  Cybercriminals hijacked her account and posted a message about a diet brand.

She come to know about the security breach after her followers told her account was hijacked.

"You guys I’m really upset about this hacking thing ! What diet are you all talking about ?!" In one of the tweets , she said.

She is not the only celebrity whose account compromised by the cybercriminals.  There are a number of celebrities fell victim to the twitter account hijack.  The list includes Alec Baldwin, Australian model Miranda Kerr and Donald Trump.

"This fu**ing hacking weight loss shit. GOOOOOODDD!!!" Tweets posted by Alec Baldwin. "IGNORE this weight loss trash. I mean, I'm all for weight loss. But DAMN!!!"

Financial Times (FT) twitter accounts and website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The Financial Times is the latest news organization to fall victim to the Syrian Electronic Army - The Social engineering masterminds.  The group hijacked more than 15 twitter accounts belong to the FT.

"Syrian Electronic Army Was Here via @Official_SEA12 #SEA | http://on.ft.com/10VeNhY " few minutes ago, the SEA tweeted from the hacked ft accounts.

The hacker also made two posts on the technology blog with the title "Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army".  The posts have been removed at the time of writing.



The list of hacked twitter accounts:
1.@FTLiveTweets
2.@FTTradingRoom
3.@ftphotodiary
4.@ftdavos
5.@FTMarkets
6.@FTAerospace
7.@Ftindianews
8.@ftbrussels
9.@ftenergy
10. @ftwestminister
11. @ftuselections
12.@ ftvideo
13.@ ftuseconomy
14. @fttheworld
15. @thelexcolumn
16.chief correspondent (@meganmurp)

*Update: 8.50PM(GMT+5.30) : It appears the hijacked account has been recovered by the FT Team.

"Today various FT Twitter accounts and one FT blog (not more as previously stated) were compromised by hackers. We have now secured those accounts are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible."One of the tweet from @FTPressOffice reads.

The same group recently the hijacked the twitter accounts of Guardian, E! News, BBC, The Onion and Associated Press.

The Onion twitter accounts and Facebook hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

It seems like the Onion news organization will be the next victim of the Syrian Electronic Army's cyber attack on News organization. 

Few minutes ago, the Syrian Electronic Army(SEA) has provided a screenshot that shows they have gained accessed to the official twitter account.

Based on the screenshot provided by the hacker group, they have compromised the four onion's twitter accounts including @theonion,@OnionSports, @onionpolitics, @onionstroe and  @TheAVClub .

It seems like they have hacked the official facebook pages including The Onion and Online sports.

If i am not wrong, the SEA still have access to those twitter accounts because the tweets in the screenshot has been posted before 1 hour.

The screenshot tweeted by the hacker:



E! News Twitter account and SMS Service hacked by Syrian Electronic Army


The Syrian Electronic army once again strikes another news organization. The Twitter account(Eonline) belong to the Entertainment news organization E! Online which had more than 5.2M followers was hacked by the SEA.

The hackers tweeted fake messages after hijacking the account.  "Exclusive: Justin Bieber to E!online: I'm a gay," reads the first fake tweets posted by SEA.

"E! News Breaking: Justin Bieber arrested in Dubai due to false tweets with him coming out situation developing" another tweet reads.

"This account @eonline was compromised and some incorrect information was sent out. " E! online confirmed the security breach. "We're working with Twitter now to fix this."

The hacker also managed to compromise the SMS service of E! Online and sent the above message as well as the following message "E! News Breaking: Fuck Barack Obama via Syrian Electronic Army"


"This message will reach 33,684 subscribers... From E!News SMS Service Control Panel" Hacker posted in their official twitter account.

Syrian Electronic Army hack 11 Guardian Twitter Accounts


The Syrian Electronic Army(SEA) reportedly hijacked 11 Twitter accounts belong to the Guardian newspaper.  Hackers claimed the attack came after the Guardian preying lies and slander about Syria.

The hacker group also stated that cyber war against Twitter security team for suspending its account.

List of hijacked accounts includes @GuardianBooks, @GuardianTravel, @guardianfilm, @guardianphotos, @guardianstage and few other accounts.

While few twitter accounts have been recovered, most of the twitter accounts still redirect to the suspended page.

"We will keep hacking #Twitter accounts and cause for you problems if you keep suspending our accounts #SEA" one of the tweets reads.

Associated Press twitter account hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.

The twitter account of Associated Press (@AP) was hacked today by Syrian Electronic Army which was used to spread a bogus message that there had been two explosions at the White House and that Barack Obama was injured .

This made major stocks drop , but they recovered quickly after people realized that the tweet was fake


White House spokesperson Jay Carney confirmed that Barack Obama was fine. Syrian Electronic Army has taken responsibility for the attack, they had also attacked other media sites and accounts in the past.\

Mike Baker a Journalist who works for Associated Press tweeted "The @AP hack came less than an hour after some of us received an impressively disguised phishing email"


For now the Twitter account of Associated Press has been suspended until it is made sure that the accounts are secure again.

Note : Will update when I get more details

Hackers hijacked Twitter account of Actress Emma Stone


Emma Stone , an American actress has revealed that hackers have hijacked her twitter account and posted a series of tweets.

Fans of Emma were worried when a tweet was made from her account, an anagram for "Andrew and Shailene sitting in a tree", which appeared to claim her boyfriend Andrew Garfield was cheating on her with their Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-star Shailene Woodley - according to the CASTANET report.

"I have never tweeted, my friend. I've tweeted one time to Seth MacFarlane. I said, 'Me too, oh boy' In an interview for On Air With Ryan Seacrest, she explained.

She is not able to access her account because the hackers changed her email id and password, but since the incident, she and her team are trying to delete her twitter account.

Emma also revealed it was only when the tweet about Shailene and Andrew made headlines that she found out she had been hacked.

"That was the first one I heard. And then I heard there was a rich history of other things I've tweeted and deleted, and I didn't know about any of this happening because I don't go on Twitter." Emma said.