Syrian Electronic Army Uses Social Media – Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Smartphone Apps – To Communicate, Spread News Of Its Hacks And Its Mission, And Recruit Volunteers

By: Steven Stalinsky and R. Sosnow*

August 19, 2013

By: Steven Stalinsky and R. Sosnow*

Introduction

On August 15, 2013, the Syrian Electronic Army hacked the websites of CNN, Time, and the Washington Post, announcing on its Twitter account that it had done so “in one strike.”[1]

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Image source: Washington Post, August 15, 2013.

This is not the first time that the SEA has made headlines. On April 23, 2013, the SEA hacked the official Twitter account of the AP, which has nearly 2 million followers, tweeting “Breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” The Dow Jones immediately dropped some 150 points, and $136 billion in equity market value was erased before it became known that the tweet was fake.[2]

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The April 23, 2013 fake AP tweet.[3]

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