Online accounts for US broadcaster, National Public Radio's (NPR) has been hacked by supporters of Syrian president Bashar Assad.
The Syrian Electronic Army briefly took control of a handful of NPR websites and Twitter feeds. No word has yet been given for why the hack was perpetrated. It has been speculated that the hack was in response to NPR's coverage of the on-going Syrian conflict.
"Late Monday evening, several stories on the NPR website were defaced with headlines and text that said 'Syrian Electronic Army Was Here'," said NPR officials in a statement.
"Some of these stories were distributed to and appeared on NPR Member Station websites. We have made the necessary corrections to those stories on NPR.org and are continuing to work with our Member Stations."
Hackers took control of NPR's main website for a couple of hours. During that time, they defaced news articles and send out tweets through NPR's Twitter feed.
In later tweets, the hackers also showed screenshots of NPR emails to signal they had access to the non-profit group's other systems.
The Syrian Electronic Army has stated on their Twitter account that it would not disclose the reason for the hack. However, in one tweet the group seemed to lay blame towards NPR correspondent Deborah Amos.
Amos had been covering the conflict in Syria over the recent months. Syria is currently in the midst of a civil war and Amos has extensively covered the difficulty's the Syrian people have suffered during the conflict.
In a blog post on the hack, Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley recommended other companies turn on two-factor authentication to avoid similar types of cyber attacks.
"It wouldn't be at all surprising if we see more attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army against organisations who have upset them," wrote Cluley.
"So, take the right steps now to reduce the chances of your firm being the next one to come under fire."
This wasn't the first time that the Syrian Electronic Army has hacked a news agency. Last month, the group hit BBC's official weather Twitter account.
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