A group called ‘The Syrian Electronic Army’ has been targeting various news organizations in their recent hacking attacks. One of the publications that became the latest victim of these cyber intrusions is the renowned publication ‘The Guardian’.
The Associated Press did not escape the toll as it also got hit by the hacking assaults led by the same group. The said onslaught caused their stocks to tremendously go down and their operations to suffer major setbacks.
Other media organizations that became previous targets include the BBC, the National Public Radio in the U.S., and the France 24 TV. The said Syrian Army claims to have staged the mentioned hacking assaults primarily to spread support for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
According to cybersecurity experts, the high-profile hacks launched by SEA are aimed to cause disruption and embarrassment to draw the attention of the public. They have it that such disruptive advances may continue to bombard sites that provide an avenue to forward their propaganda.
Western intelligence agencies further suspect that SEA might be a proxy for an administration which may have been widely condemned due to their savage efforts to subdue an internal insurgence. Although their victim trail seemed random, it appears that SEA was focusing on Western media.
In this light, the widely used networking site Twitter distributed emails to news organizations warning them about the mentioned hacking outbreak. Twitter also called for these media establishments to look into their internal security measures in dealing with social media.
The popular social network encouraged media entities to utilize only one computer for their Twitter usage. Such mechanism will help safeguard their log-in credentials and keep them from spreading around.
Moreover, Twitter also advised these media establishments not to use their Twitter accounts to access the Internet or open email communications. This is to reduce the possibility of malware infection and other cyber attacks.
The networking site also encouraged the media to work hand in hand with the Twitter team to keep account details updated and protected. Twitter management said that they are continuously working to update their information on their partner accounts.
Even before this recent hacking outbreak, there has been an increasing pressure on the said social network already to further bolster their internal security. Experts from around the world are also calling for a two-factor authentication that would require two steps in verifying Twitter accounts.
Latest reports from the technology magazine ‘Wired’ suggested that Twitter has already been initiating trial launches of the mentioned two-factor authentication technology. But confirmation from the networking site itself is still at bay.
While industry experts have been pointing out that the two-factor authentication method for Twitter could prove costly, ideas from external sources on raising funds for the said enhanced security version have been coming out.