The Financial Times became a victim of hacking on Friday, after an anonymous hacker group managed to compromise the publication's blog and multiple social media accounts, a spokeswoman told Mashable.
The hacker group called “Syrian Electronic Army” reportedly, tweeted messages like: “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here” to several of FT's Twitter accounts, including @FTMarkets and @thelexcolumn. According to reports, as of 10am ET, the messages posted to FT.com and @FTMarkets were removed, while the @thelexcolumn had been suspended.
Syrian Electronic Army managed to break into the accounts using email phishing. It used the same mode to hack the social media accounts and websites of other publications, the report said.
FT blog and social media accounts hacked (Image credit: Getty Images)
Interestingly, the report added, “The hacker group did tweet a clue as to how it gained access to FT accounts however, posting the e-mail address and password of an FT executive on its own Twitter account.”
While FT did not reveal how the security of its sites was compromised, it said it was “working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”
In the past, the group managed to break into sites like The Onion, The Guardian, E! Online and The Associated Press. Hackers took control of AP's Twitter account on April 23 and sent a false tweet about explosions in the White House. The tweet from the Associated Press' hacked Twitter account said that President Barack Obama was injured in two explosions at the White House,