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Reuters Hacked With False Reports From Syria

One story claimed that the rebel Free Syrian Army was withdrawing after 1,000 of its soldiers were killed and 1,500 were arrested. No word yet on who’s behind the hack.

On Friday, Reuters issued a series of tweets informing readers that the site had been compromised with multiple false reports, published with the bylines of real Reuters journalists.


http://t.co/NzQPj2jZ was a target of a hack on Friday. Our blogging platform was compromised… (1/2)— Reuters Top News


…and fabricated blog posts were falsely attributed to several Reuters journalists. We are working to address the problem. (2/2)— Reuters Top News


A false blog posting, purporting to carry an interview with the head of the Free Syrian Army Riad al-Asaad… (1/3)— Reuters World News


… was illegally posted on a Reuters journalist’s blog page on http://t.co/s6ORlnBE on Friday. (2/3)— Reuters World News

Reuters did not carry out such an interview and the posting has been deleted. (3/3)

— ReutersWorld (@Reuters World News)

Reuters did not carry out such an interview and the posting has been deleted. (3/3)— Reuters World News

Here’s one of the false posts:

No word yet on who’s behind the hack.

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