Afternoon visitors to President Obama’s social media accounts met with a shocking surprise today.
A Twitter spokesperson assured CNET that the twitter account itself was not compromised:
“The account’s custom, third-party URL shortener which it uses to produce vanity URLs was compromised, not the Twitter account.”
The Syrian Electronic Army, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assa, has claimed credit for this hack of President Obama’s social media postings. The SEA accomplished this by exploiting a link shortener service Organizing for Action uses for BarackObama.com, according to an e-mail a SEA representative sent to Mashable.
In the e-mail, the spokesperson revealed that:
“All the the links that Barack Obama account tweeted it and post it on Facebook was redirected to a video showing the truth about Syria.”
A followup message shows the link shortener service that was exploited to make this possible:
The Syrian Electronic Army also claims to have hacked President Obama’s campaign e-mails:
The SEA claims that this attack took eight hacked e-mail accounts. According to the SEA spokesperson, all of the necessary information to access the two digital services needed to operate the link redirect was contained in the hacked e-mail accounts:
“As you might expect all the necessary information was in their emails. They didn’t even enabled two-step verification.”
This is not the SEA’s first venture into American hacking. In August, the SEA hacked the AP Twitter feed and falsely reported President Obama’s injury in a White House explosion, which sent the DOW Jones into a 100 point downward plunge:
In September, The Syrian Electronic Army hacked the US Marine Corps site, telling Marines to refuse orders from that “traitor” Obama:
In an e-mail conversation with Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai of Mashable, a SEA representative offered a chilling threat if the United States attacks Syria:
Below are links to the video to which the SEA switched Barack Obama’s social media links, split into two parts.
Once again, be warned: They are very graphic!