Syrian Electronic Army Hacks CNN’s Twitter Account

SEA took control of CNN’s account Thursday and sent out a series of tweets that were later deleted. CNN confirmed the hack, saying “some of our organization’s social media accounts were compromised.”

2. Here are the five tweets that were sent on @CNN’s Twitter account:

3. The network later confirmed the compromise and said they were “working to remedy the issue.”

4. Updated - Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 7:19 p.m. ET:

5. It now appears that CNN’s website/wordpress blogs has been compromised. Still no confirmation if this is related to Syrian Electronic Army:

7. The Twitter account @natlsecuritycnn was also hacked:

@BuzzFeedNews CNN's national security Twitter too

— Brandon Wall (@Walldo)

8. Updated - Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 8:04 p.m. ET:

9. SEA shared the following statement on their Twitter account following the hack on CNN:

Tonight, the #SEA decided to retaliate against #CNN's viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in #Syria.

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16)

#CNN used its usual formula of present unverifiable information as truth, adopting a report by Qataris against #Syria.

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16)

Instead of any actual journalism, #CNN turned into a loud horn calling for the destruciton of the #Syria-n state.

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16)

US Media strategy is now to hide the fact that the CIA controls and funds Al Qaeda by blaming #Syria instead for their terror. #SEA

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16)

The #SEA will not stop to pursue these liars and will expose them and their methods for the world to see.

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16)

14. Updated - Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:57 p.m. ET:

15. From CNN: Social Media Accounts Hacked

“The affected accounts included CNN’s main Facebook account, CNN Politics’ Facebook account and the Twitter pages for CNN and CNN’s Security Clearance. Blogs for Political Ticker, The Lead, Security Clearance, The Situation Room and Crossfire were also hacked.

The posts were deleted within minutes and the accounts have since been secured.”

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Michael Rusch is a socials editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Rusch was selected by Time as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.
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