Microsoft was the latest victim of hacking attempts by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). The group hacked and defaced the social media accounts of Skype, which includes Facebook and Twitter, and accused the Redmond-based company of spying on people, Reuters reports. Also Read - Top 5 Minecraft Mobile seeds to build a world and where to find them
The attack was discovered when Skype s Twitter account displayed the message Don’t use Microsoft emails (Hotmail, Outlook). They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. More details soon #SEA.
The message was removed by the company in less than two hours, but not before major publications around the world noticed it. Several other messages which were similar in nature were posted on Skype s Facebook page, before being taken down by the company.
This attack and the messages were in apparent reference to the revelations by Edward Snowden regarding the National Security Agency (NSA) snooping. Microsoft has yet to release a statement about the attack.
SEA has had a busy year, hacking major publications and social media websites to raise awareness about their cause. It has defaced websites of the Huffington Post, NY Times, BBC, Thomson Reuters, Telegraph, Associate Press, FT, The Onion among others and also gained access to user information on Twitter, Truecaller and Viber. Such was the nature of the group s attacks that it made it to our list of the top tech stories of 2013.