It seems like The Syrian Electronic Army is at it again. Back in March, their targets were set on taking control of BBC Weather’s Twitter account, and last month it was the Associated Press that had to deal with an SEA hack. Today, the hacker group went for an outlet you wouldn’t expect: The Onion.
The Onion is known for its satirical news content that’s often mistaken to be real (by those who don’t know any better), so being able to ascertain if a post from @TheOnion is a result of a hack attack would take a keen sense of observation.
The first sign of hacking was posted around 1 p.m EDT:
It was since followed by a string of somber tweets:
With The Onion, anything is possible – they are certainly capable of faking their own hacking for satirical purposes. The tweets above didn’t seem to cut it in terms of funny, however. And in case anyone has any doubts about the attack, a Syrian Electronic Army Twitter account posted this screenshot, claiming responsibility:
— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA12) May 6, 2013
And it looks like the group has no intentions of stopping:
— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA12) May 5, 2013
The Onion’s Twitter account has been successfully suspended and restored, with the tweets above deleted from the feed. Their website and Facebook page remains unblemished and no acknowledgment of the hack attack has been made. This reaction to today’s hacking is pretty spot-on, though:
— Clarke (@ClarkeRoche) May 6, 2013