Earlier this month
the Syrian Electronic Army
’s Twitter account (twice), posting messages telling users not to use Microsoft’s email systems, ostensibly because the company was “monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments”. The SEA is back at it, defacing Microsoft’s Office Blog by adding a “hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army” line after some articles.
The newly-redesigned Office Blog was hacked
just hours after its launch, but Microsoft told The Verge
that everything was back under control. A Microsoft spokesperson said, "A targeted cyberattack temporarily affected the Microsoft Office blog. The account was quickly reset and we can confirm that no customer information was compromised.”
New Microsoft Office Blog admin panel (click to enlarge)
The SEA posted screenshots of both the old
and the new
official Office Blog administration panels, and taunted the company on Twitter by saying, “Dear @Microsoft, Changing the CMS will not help you if your employees are hacked and they don't know about that.”
It’s not completely clear why the SEA is repeatedly attacking Microsoft, but it’s uncomfortable to see it happen with so much regularity.