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The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) yesterday hacked Skype’s WordPress and Twitter accounts. The likelihood is that the pro-Syrian group got hold of the password used by Skype’s media people, probably through its usual method of spear-phishing. My report on the incident for Infosecurity Magazine is here.
But this hack was a little different to SEA’s normal escapades. The group’s whole raison d’être is to deliver pro-Assad messages to counter what it believes is anti-Assad propaganda controlled and delivered by western governments. This is the reason that it has concentrated on attacking high-profile media companies.
Well, Skype is certainly high-profile — but the message is not ‘Syrian’. On both the Skype Twitter account and its WordPress blog the SEA message was this:
It’s a message you might more likely expect from Anonymous protesting against NSA surveillance and Microsoft complicity in that surveillance rather than a pro-Assad movement.
I asked SEA if it marked a change in its targets and tactics; and got this reply:
We can confirm that attack was done by us. and we gained access to important documents about monitoring accounts/emails by Microsoft.
It’s still about Syria. And we will detail that soon.
So that’s the big question now: what ties Microsoft, surveillance and Syria together?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a fascinating graphic on which companies are doing what things to protect their customers’ – our – data in the post Prism/Snowden era.
What really leaps out is that the companies is that provide consumer cloud services are on our side (Dropbox, Facebook, Google and Twitter); telecommunication companies are on their side (AT&T, Comcast, Verizon); and the main OS providers (Microsoft and Apple) aren’t really sure which side their bread is buttered.
Just three days ago Lloyds Banking Group won the overall award for best mediation scheme in the National Mediation Awards 2012. The judges said, “Lloyds Banking Group demonstrated excellence in the running of their internal mediation scheme. Lloyds were found to be monitoring their scheme’s performance and undertaking a process of continuous improvement. Lloyds Banking Group was also seen to be undertaking innovative activities to promote mediation.”
I just hope they’re as good externally as they are internally. Have you seen Twitter today?
Just a random selection from hundreds and hundreds of similar…
Lloyds TSB has said it is suffering from a “temporary system error” which is causing “intermittent problems”…
Lloyds TSB has admitted the problem has affected both its internet and telephone banking service, “but we don’t have a definite time scale at this time [for solving the problem]“, it said.
It’s going to need some serious external mediation skills in the immediate future…