The Syrian Electronic Army rose to notoriety throughout 2013 after hacking a number of high-profile Twitter accounts and websites, including those of The New York Times, the Associated Press, and the Guardian. Though the group claims to be hacking in support of Syria's Assad regime, its hacks often range from oddly juvenile announcements ("Exclusive! Justin Bieber to E! online: I’m a gay") to basic vandalism ("Syrian Electronic Army Was Here"), with the group only occasionally acting in a more seriously disruptive way or obviously in support of Assad.Many of the SEA's hacks have come from fairly basic techniques like phishing, allowing the group to break into these organizations' accounts and websites simply by gaining an employee's username and password. The SEA has done more than basic vandalism on occasion though. After hacking the AP's Twitter account, it published a false tweet about an explosion at the White House. In other instances, it hacked Viber and Tango — two chat apps used by rebels in and around Syria — and claimed it would hand their databases of phone numbers over to the Syrian government.Read first: Syrian Electronic Army: pro-government propaganda, or just trolling for lulz?
You can follow along with the SEA's hacks and impact below, from basic blog vandalism to more obvious hacktivism for Assad.
Microsoft's Office blog hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army hours after redesign
Skype Twitter account hacked, anti-Microsoft status retweeted more than 8,000 times
The Syrian Electronic Army is allegedly conducting a live interview right now
Syrian Electronic Army hacks recruiting site, tells Marines to refuse orders from 'traitor' Obama
New York Times website taken down by hack, Syrian Electronic Army involvement suspected (update)
Thomson Reuters Twitter account flooded with pro-Assad cartoons in Syrian Electronic Army hack
Syrian Electronic Army claims Viber database hack, accuses company of 'spying and tracking'
Syrian Electronic Army alleges stealing 'millions' of phone numbers from chat app Tango
Sky's Twitter account compromised by Syrian Electronic Army, apps removed from Google Play
Syrian Electronic Army: pro-government propaganda, or just trolling for lulz?
Hacker group is efficient, but it may not be effective
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Social engineering to blame in Syrian Electronic Army hijack of the Onion
E! Online struck by hackers days after Twitter warns of ongoing threats (update)
Hacked AP Twitter account shows need for new high-speed trading rules, US official says
The Guardian falls victim to Syrian Electronic Army, 11 Twitter accounts compromised
AP Twitter account hacked, makes false claim of explosions at White House (update)
Several CBS Twitter accounts hijacked by Syrian conflict propagandists (update)
NPR reports website and Twitter accounts were defaced by 'Syrian Electronic Army'
Pro-Syrian government hackers send fake news through Al Jazeera's SMS service
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Syrian conflict extends to cyberspace as hackers fabricate events through blogs and Twitter
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