Agence France Presse
Published — Thursday 7 February 2013
Last update 8 February 2013 12:05 am
DUBAI: A pro-Syrian regime cyber group hacked the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Sky News Arabia, the Abu Dhabi-based Arabic news channel said on Thursday.
The “Syrian Electronic Army” — said to be close to the Syrian regime — hacked into the channel’s social network accounts at around midnight on Wednesday, the broadcaster said.
The hacked accounts were two Twitter handles, @skynewsarabia and @skynewsarabia_c, and the channel’s Facebook page.
The news channel said that it regained control of the hacked accounts on Thursday and was “taking precautionary measures to ensure all its IT systems are secure.”
The cyber group boasted on its website that it had hacked pages belonging to Sky News Arabia and displayed its logo along with a picture of a channel’s page.
It said it carries out online hacking because of the “bias” that the foreign media has against Syria’s President Bashar Assad and their support for the rebels in the Syrian conflict.
Sky News Arabia is a joint venture between UK-based BSkyB and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation.