Reuters has confirmed a security breach that saw hackers gain control of the news agency's Twitter account and use it to spread false information about Syria.
The Reuters account was hacked on Sunday and the attackers used it to post a number of fake messages. The majority of the tweets were about the current armed struggle in Syria.
"Earlier today @ReutersTech was hacked and changed to @ReutersME," reported Reuters. "The account has been suspended and is currently under investigation."
The news agency had previously admitted to another data breach on Friday, when hackers had managed to break into its web site's blogging platform and post a false report claiming the agency had carried out an interview with a Syrian rebel leader.
Details regarding the perpetrators and how they managed to hack the account remain vague and neither Reuters nor Twitter had responded to V3's request for clarification.
The attack is typical of many of the cyber attacks seen this year, having a more overtly political rather than monetary goal.
Prior to the attack on Reuters, hacktivist group LulzSec had targeted News International's The Sun website following the revelation that journalists at its related News of the World publication had been using phone hacking to find stories.
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