Syrian Electronic Army says hacked into Skype's social media accounts
LOS ANGELES - Reuters
A message posted on Skype's official Twitter feed on Wednesday, read: "Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail, outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. More details soon. #SEA"
Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad, claimed credit on Wednesday for hacking into
the social media accounts of Internet calling service Skype.
The group also posted the contact information of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft
Corp's retiring chief executive, on its Twitter account along with the
message, "You can thank Microsoft for monitoring your accounts/emails
using this details. #SEA"
message was an apparent reference to revelations last year by former
National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that Skype, which is
owned by Microsoft, was part of the NSA's program to monitor communications through some of the biggest U.S. Internet companies.
message posted on Skype's official Twitter feed on Wednesday,
apparently by the hacking group, read: "Don't use Microsoft emails
(hotmail, outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling the
data to the governments. More details soon. #SEA"
Similar messages were posted on Skype's official Facebook
pages and on a blog on its website before being taken down in late
afternoon. The SEA later tweeted out copies of the message "for those
who missed it."
Representatives for Microsoft could not be reached for comment.
NSA's practices essentially made Microsoft and other technology
companies partners in government surveillance efforts against private
citizens in the United States and elsewhere.
Last month Microsoft joined seven other top technology companies in pressing President Barack Obama to rein in the U.S. government's electronic spying in a meeting at the White House.
companies, including the New York Times and the BBC, have repeatedly
been targeted by the Syrian Electronic Army and other hacker activist
groups that deface websites and take over Twitter accounts.
and his national security team are trying to decide what
recommendations to adopt from an outside panel's review of the NSA's
District judge in December ruled that the U.S. government's gathering of
Americans' phone records is likely unlawful and raised what he called
"serious doubts" about the value of the so-called metadata
second federal judge ruled later in the month that the program was
constitutional, raising the likelihood that the issue will be settled by
the U.S. Supreme Court.
This week, a monitoring group said the death toll in Syria's civil war, which began in March 2011 as peaceful protests against four decades of rule by Assad's family, had risen to at least 130,000.