“Obama doesn’t have any ethical issues with spying on the world, so we took it upon ourselves to return the favor,” hacking group Syrian Electronic Army said.
For a brief period of time Monday afternoon, shortened links from Obama’s Twitter and Facebook accounts redirected users to a pro-Syrian video.
As a result, Twitter started warning users that links from Obama’s Twitter account “may be unsafe” to visit.
SEA (Syrian Electronic Army) also got into his Facebook and Mashable has more:
It took eight hacked email accounts to pull of this attack, according to the person operating the SEA email address. From screenshots sent by the SEA, it appears the group used information from the hacked email accounts to gain access to two digital service provides — Blue State Digital and URL shortener ShortSwitch — which is how the SEA managed to set up the redirect.
The supposed SEA spokesperson said that gaining access to ShortSwitch was the key to the attack.
“As you might expect all the necessary information was in their emails,” the spokesperson wrote. “They didn’t even enabled two-step verification.”