Sky News Android apps on Google Play Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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After making its name in hacking websites, Facebook and Twitter handles of major media outlets, Syrian Electronic Army has moved one level up by hacking Sky News’ Google Play account.

Sky News had all its Android apps hacked on the Google Play store, showing logo and messages left by the hackers, such as:

 “Syrian Electronic Army was here”.

The broadcaster confirmed that their Sky+, SkyNews Android apps were hacked and replaced, tweeting users to uninstall the apps.

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The news was first covered by ITV News, according to which Sky+ and Sky News Android apps were not the only apps to be compromised, but also Sky Wifi, Sky Go, Sky Sports News and Sky Movies.

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As mentioned above, this is the first ever time when Syrian Electronic Army has hacked an app store, in past they were only attacking websites, Facebook pages and Twitter handles of famous media outlets.

At the time of publishing this article, the app store of Sky News was restored and according to the broadcaster, it is now safe to re-install apps.


Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.