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Facebook Al Arabiya Page Hacked

The Facebook page for Saudi-owned television channel, Al Arabiya, found itself the victim of a hack after a group calling itself "Syria's Electronic Army" gained unlawful access to the profile. The group took control of the page, replacing the banner with its own as well as posting fake news stories about current events in Syria, said a spokesman for the news channel.

The website gave this statement:

"Posts on the page surrounding the conflict in Syria have provided our readers with what is believed to be false news on attacks in Syria and deceptive information on Saudi government orders.

The posts included news about clashes between the Free Syria Army and the Syrian regime security forces, which Al Arabiya cannot verify.

The news is being falsely attributed to Al Arabiya sources.

"The posts by hackers appear in Arabic on Al Arabiya English Facebook page and have confused our fans who normally expect the latest news on the Middle East in the English language."

Al Arabiya came under fire by the hackers for their involvement in "the destruction of Egypt and Libya," and working "day and night to broadcast venomous, Brotherhood, Zionist, thoughts, in Egypt and the Arab World," as well as allowing for "NATO's occupation of Libya and its wealth."

However, Al Arabiya has since regained control of their page. According to reports, this isn't the first time such an attack has been made on the organisation, with previous experiences including a series of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) hits and a number of blocked terrestrial transmissions.

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