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Syrian Electronic Army hacks a major news organization

Syrian Electronic Army hacks a major news organization
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The Syrian Electronic Army is at it again.

They've caused disturbances with "The New York Times" before and now they've set their sights on Reuters.

Visitors to the Reuters site trying to read an article called "Attack from Syria kills Israeli teen on Golan, Israel says" were presented with this message:

Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
Stop publishing fake reports and false articles about Syria!
UK government is supporting the terrorists in Syria to destroy it, Stop spreading its propaganda.

How did they do it? Through third-party ad provider Taboola who provided the rolling statement:

Today, between 7AM - 8AM EDT, an organization called the “Syrian Electronic Army” hacked Taboola’s widget on Reuters.com.

The intruder was redirecting users that accessed article pages on reuters.com to a different landing page.

Code dynamically inserted into Reuters web pages by the New York-based company appears to have been poisoned by the Syrian Electronic Army in order to redirect visitors to another page under the hackers' control.

It's not the first time this has happened and I'm sure it won't be the last. A major cyberattack could be on the way. Click here to make sure you are fully prepared. 

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