They’re at it again: The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of online activists who support embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is apparently responsible for hacking Skype’s blog and social media accounts Wednesday.
NBC News reports that the Internet calling service’s Twitter account, Facebook page, and official blog were all infiltrated. Each posted messages advising readers not to use “Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook)” because the company is “monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments.” Microsoft also owns Skype.
A tweet added the hashtag #SEA, a hallmark of the Syrian Electronic Army. The same collective took credit for hacking NPR’s website in April and the New York Times‘s website in September.
Skype regained control of its accounts by 8 p.m. ET, tweeting out its own apology for the hack shortly thereafter:
You may have noticed our social media properties were targeted today. No user info was compromised. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.—
(@Skype) January 02, 2014