Saturday 17 March 2018

Syrian 'hacktivist' group attacks Obama's social media

The group 'Syrian Electronic Army' has claimed that it hacked the active public Twitter and Facebook accounts of President Barack Obama.

The group emailed website Mashable directly, claiming to have hacked the President. The group did not directly hack the accounts in question, instead changing the URL shortener used white house staff when posting, housed on

"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 to Mashable.

These links bring the user to a 24-minute video containing graphic images and violence.

On Sunday night, a page on redirected to a notice "Hacked by SEA," which was first noticed by website The Blaze.

The group is believed to have gained access through hacking the email of one of the administrators of the website.

All the links appear to have been fixed as of today.

The accounts became active during the President's election campaigns, and exist alongside the official White House accounts.

Obama has 37 million linkes on Facebook and 39 million followers on Twitter. The social media accounts remained active throughout the recent Government shutdown.

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