Syrian hackers send out fake SMS news via Al Jazeera

By on September 10, 2012
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High tech pro-Syrian government propaganda at work.

According to a recent tweet by Al Jazeera, the network’s SMS alert service was hacked to send fake news alerts, including one that says there was a failed assassination attempt at Qatar’s Prime Minister.

The translated tweet reads, “We draw attention to the subscribers of Al Jazeera Mobile Service which is displaying messages from hacker parties that have no basis in truth.”

Doha News later updated that The Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Syrian government hacker group, claimed responsibility for the SMS service hack. Earlier this week aljazeera.com was taken down temporarily as the front page was defaced by hackers.

Attacks on both Al Jazeera news network as well as Qatar’s Crown Prince have been initiated in the recent past by supporters of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, because of their negative stance on the current Syrian government’s regime.


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