Syrian Electronic Army hacks Online Newspaper The Daily Dot, removes article

An inside screenshot from The Daily Dot’s admin panel

The Syrian Electronic Army has hacked into the official website of an Online Newspaper The Daily Dot and removed an article related to their latest Mobile Messaging Service hack.


On 22nd July 2013, Curt Hopkins of The Daily Dot had posted an article along with a caricature of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The hackers then requested the newspaper for removing the image making fun of their president which the newspaper ignored. 

That is when hackers hacked into the Gmail account of one of its staff and also gain access to the site’s admin panel and deleted the article.

Below is a screenshot of series of Tweets sent by Syrian Electronic Army to The Daily Dot admin:

SoftPedia reports that hackers also posted several images including ones of emails sent out to Daily Dot staff about the Syrian Electronic Army’s “threat.”

The Daily Dot staff was also warned by its authorities to be careful and do not click on any suspicious links as it could be a phishing link sent by the Syrian Electronic Army. It seems that despite of warning email, someone fell for the phishing trick.

However, at the time of publishing this article, the news article that was removed by hackers was restored and available on the newspaper’s site.


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