The Syrian Electronic Army Hacked Obama's URL Shortener

A Twitter account claiming to be an official representative of the Syrian Electronic Army — a loose group of hackers who support Bashar Al Assad — alleges they have hacked into the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Barack Obama, Fran Berkman of Mashable reports.

They also claim to have hacked the emails of White House staffers.

The Twitter and Facebook hacks exploited the link shortener, which posted links that led back to a Syrian Electronic Army Website.

“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,” an SEA spokesperson wrote in an email to Berkman.

Berkman verified their claims:

The altered links in Obama’s profile lead to a 24-minute video titled “Syria facing terrorism.” Be warned, however: The video contains graphic violence.

Obama Shortlink Twittervia TwitterObama Tweeting a short link that led back to SEA website for about an hour Monday afternoon.

Ryan Broderick of Buzzfeed notes that the SEA also Tweeted these images; one of the control panel for a user named Anatole and one of the inbox of [email protected]

Broderick reports that they respectively belong to Anatole Jenkins, a Fundraising Manager for Barack Obama, and Suzanne Snurpus, a state climate organiser for Organising for Action, Barack Obama’s, a nonprofit formed from the Obama campaign.

Syrian Electronic Armyvia TwitterThe back end of what appears to be an official website.

SEA Obama hackvia TwitterThe gmail of what SEA alleges is an Obama staffer.

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