Syrian Hackers Controlled Xbox and Microsoft News Twitter Accounts All Week

Microsoft says no customer information has been compromised

By on January 13th, 2014 07:32 GMT

At the end of last week, the Syrian Electronic Army revealed that it had hacked a number of social media accounts of Microsoft, and even the company’s official blog.

The hackers told Softpedia that the accounts were “hacked all week.” They say this is only the beginning, and that they have access to Microsoft email accounts.

Microsoft has confirmed that some of its social media accounts have been breached by the Syrian Electronic Army.

“Microsoft is aware of targeted cyberattacks that temporarily affected the Xbox Support and Microsoft News Twitter accounts. The accounts were quickly reset and we can confirm that no customer information was compromised.” a Microsoft spokesperson told Softpedia via email.

The Syrian Electronic Army’s operation against Microsoft started with an attack on Skype. At the beginning of 2014, they breached Skype’s blog and social media accounts.

On Saturday, the hackers published a couple of screenshots to demonstrate that they had access to Xbox Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Then, they started posting tweets on the Xbox Support Twitter account. They posted the classic “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here” messages, among others.

As far as the Microsoft News Twitter (@MSFTnews) is concerned, they re-tweeted messages posted on the official SEA account, and posted warnings such as, “Don’t use Microsoft emails (Hotmail, Outlook). They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments.”

After breaching the company’s official blog, the hackers started publishing posts that read something like, “SEA Syrian Electronic Army was here…long live Syria!” At one point, they redirected the website’s visitors to the official SEA website.

However, that’s not all. Shortly after, the Syrian hacktivists started posting screenshots of emails sent and received by Microsoft employees.

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