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Syrian activists hack Twitter account and Android apps from Sky

The Syrian Electronic Army has hacked the Android apps and Twitter account of British pay-TV broadcaster Sky. Obviously, supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have succeeded in bringing developer access to the Google Play Store under control. The hackers have provided the Sky apps with their own logo and then dropped off a fake tweet under the Sky Support account. In it they ask the users to uninstall all Sky apps.

As a spokesman for CNET UK confirmed, the tweet is a fake. It has to be the channel, that his apps were hacked and they were no longer available on Google Play. Previous users of apps would not have to uninstall them, because they are not affected by the attack .

Sky is the latest victim of the Syrian Electronic Army, which has been taking Twitter accounts from media outlets such as the BBC, Guardian and Associated Press in recent weeks to spread its political message. At the end of April, Twitter had warned media outlets about impending attacks by Syrian activists. According to Twitter, the method is always the same: The hackers send targeted, credible mails with links to an infected site to the company's Twitter managers. Just a few days ago, Twitter probably introduced two-factor authentication. However, security specialists have been able to undo these.

The Syrian Electronic Army was first recorded in 2011. Her first victims included the American National Public Radio (NPR) and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
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