Microsoft under attack -- Syrian Electronic Army hack Skype's blog, Twitter and Facebook

The Syrian Electronic Army is no stranger to the headlines, and the group's latest exploits have gained it further attention. This time the target is Microsoft, specifically Skype. The SEA target the Skype Twitter stream, as well as Facebook page and blog in what may be the first high-profile hack attack of the New Year.

The group defaced the blog with a message to Microsoft that read "Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.. Stop Spying!". A message posted on the Skype Facebook page read "Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments."

A tweet posted by the group through the Skype twitter account said "Stop spying on people! Via Syrian Electronic Army @Official_SEA16 #SEA cc @FBIPressOffice spr.ly/6019di9c". The fact that the FBI Press Office was "cc'd" in on the tweet is likely to be a reference to NSA surveillance.

All of the accounts are now back in the control of Microsoft. The breach was acknowledged by Microsoft in a tweet that reads: "You may have noticed our social media properties were targeted today. No user info was compromised. We’re sorry for the inconvenience." So if Microsoft is to be believed, this was simply an exercise in defacement, nothing more.

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