Syrian Electronic Army hacks Xbox Twitter account

Cyberattack campaign targets various Microsoft online channels, including Xbox Support and Microsoft News Twitter accounts.

If you noticed some strange tweets from Microsoft accounts this weekend, it's because the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacked some of the company's Twitter pages, it has been revealed. The SEA is a pro-Syria hacking collective that uses various cyberattack methods to subvert the objectives of major entities such as Microsoft.

The group released a series of tweets from the Xbox Support account, including messages that read, "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here" and "Game On!" The SEA also posted a screenshot through its own Twitter account seeming to show that it had access to not only the Xbox Support Twitter account, but the Xbox Twitter and Instragram accounts as well.

The cyberattacks, which were addressed in a matter of minutes, also focused on the official Microsoft News Twitter account, as well as the company's TechNet Blog site. The hacking group also posted images of emails Microsoft employees sent to each other regarding the security breach.

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that no customer information was compromised.

Meanwhile, an SEA member told Mashable that it put Microsoft in its crosshairs for this attack because it claims the company is "monitoring email accounts and selling the data for the American intelligence and other governments."

"And we will publish more details and documents that prove it," the statement from SEA goes on. "Microsoft is not our enemy but what they are doing affected the SEA."

Microsoft responded to this claim, as it has done before, by saying it only shares customer data when it is required to do so from a legal perspective.

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195 comments
Tyler Dnap VanNeste
Tyler Dnap VanNeste

idiot, because a percentage of that money you pay for your subscripting, goes towards improving the network in may way. Most commonly security wise, (which makes it secure). That's like saying, why pay for antivirus because it doesn't secure your PC form virus, malware, and the like. You can tune you car with out the proper cash to afford the parts. Just like you cant improve you network, with out the money to pay for hardware, and workers . . . unlike PS nothing comes free these days.

Takeno456
Takeno456

Wow, it looks like a troll-fest in here. So many articles to focus on and yet people pick the one that involves twitter and a disgruntled political group to further their pathetic MS vs Sony console war. It all makes less sense every day.

Anthony Rodriguez
Anthony Rodriguez

Microsoft getting their Twitter account hacked it's fixed right away ! Getting your credit card info and identity stolen on PSN Priceless!

savagetone
savagetone

Microsoft getting their Twitter account hacked it's fixed right away ! Getting your credit card info and identity stolen on PSN Priceless!

Jerome Vet
Jerome Vet

does PS attracts stupid people ? , ONE of the reasons i choose the Xbox over the ps3 and 4

Paul Barnett
Paul Barnett

@mephisto Black. this has nothing to so with MS online services! It was Twitter that was hacked! Lol

genesarereal
genesarereal

This is what happens when you get bored fighting a real war.

Adam Lubbers
Adam Lubbers

you just said the same thing twice. by the way, whats wrong with your eyes ?

Adam Lubbers
Adam Lubbers

Hungergoldt Anders 1 Shitty Distel Shitbaabadu 0

William Bremkamp
William Bremkamp

To all you hating on this wasn't psn hacked also?! Hmmmmm????

Ramon Terrell
Ramon Terrell

It takes almost nothing to start one of those.....

Ramon Terrell
Ramon Terrell

Did this article even have anything to do with PSN?

Shibby Distel Shibaabadu
Shibby Distel Shibaabadu

It happened once? A week after PS4 was released they got hacked again. Keep telling yourself whatever lies you need to sleep at night.

Jacob Swoger
Jacob Swoger

PSN was one of the tightest in network security before the hack. Also, it only happened once. Get over yourself. M$ couldn't survive a coordinated cyber attack, either.

Adis Bašić
Adis Bašić

Syrian army took over? do they even have internet there? :^)

Shibby Distel Shibaabadu
Shibby Distel Shibaabadu

Actually yes. Pointing out that Twitter is in fact not MS, Xbox Live, or anything Xbox related other than the name of the twitter account does make my comments better. Because I am pointing out to the stupid PS tards that Twitter is NOT Xbox live like they all think/claim.

Jeff Shoup
Jeff Shoup

Lol I am so glad I don't talk to those idiots at xbox on twitter!

deadpen
deadpen

Yea that and facebook.

Mephisto Black
Mephisto Black

Haha tell me again how paying for an online service is more secure...

Silvestre BM
Silvestre BM

Anything is hackable these days. The more technology advances the more easier it is for hackers.

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

Fanboys = pathetic. You have some issues i guess. Do you like games and gaming at all ? Or are you on these pages just to bitch and whine ?

Nick Cudii
Nick Cudii

Typical xbox security is so horrible no wonder they stay getting fucked over. Especially, with all those gta v hacks for 360.

Shane Trehern
Shane Trehern

Don't kid yourself, they are all at risk. Nowhere is safe, so grab your tin foil hats and hide in the basement.

Shibby Distel Shibaabadu
Shibby Distel Shibaabadu

Not as stupid as you it seems who had to edit his own post because he forgot to write it all before pressing "enter."

Hungerholdt Anders
Hungerholdt Anders

"Bad decisions seem to be your specialty" Are you high or just stupid? Im a Pc gamer, you fool, but playing on a Ps is not a bad decicion, just because you say so. Get a life!

Kyle Tibbetts
Kyle Tibbetts

At least it wasn't the billing system so credit cards got compromised... for a second time... -cough PSN cough- Main reason i never paid for my PS3 to be online.

Shibby Distel Shibaabadu
Shibby Distel Shibaabadu

I am not the one who chose the weakest gaming network... Bad decisions seem to be your specialty

Shibby Distel Shibaabadu
Shibby Distel Shibaabadu

Yes they have all been compromised at one stage. But how many of those networks were shut down for almost 2 weeks due to a single compromise? Only one. PSN. Point. Set. Match. PSN is the weakest link.