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Syrian Electronic Army hacks FT site and Twitter feeds

The Financial Times is the latest publication to fall victim to hackers who align themselves with the regime of Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad.

"Various FT blogs and social media accounts have been compromised by hackers and we are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible," the @FTPressOffice Twitter account said.

The offending content appears to have been removed from the FT Blogs site and affected Twitter accounts. But earlier, the FT's tech blog was replaced with a headline that said the "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here," according to the Telegraph. A similar message appeared on the @FTMarkets Twitter feed.

This Syrian Electronic Army has also claimed responsibility for hacks on the BBC in March, as well as The Onion and The Guardian more recently.

The AP also saw attackers post a false report on its Twitter feed about explosions at the White House, while the Twitter feeds of 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and a Denver CBS affiliate were also compromised.

These targeted attacks prompted Twitter to warn media outlets to shore up their security practices because more attacks were sure to happen.

As outlined by The Onion, many of the hacks occurred after the scammers sent bogus emails with malicious attachments to those who worked at the various news outlets. Once people opened those attachments, it provided the hackers with access to their systems, helping them uncover passwords and gain access to Twitter feeds and content management systems.

The Syrian Electronic Army, meanwhile, emerged in September. The hackers reportedly started attacking Western websites in retaliation for Innocence of Muslims, an anti-Islamic video that resulted in violent demonstrations in the Middle East.

They have since been targeting news sites they believe are reporting news hostile to the Syrian government.