The Telegraph had its Twitter accounts hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, becoming the latest media organisation to fall victim to the hacktivist group.
Late on Monday night messages confirming a hack were posted by the organisation on various Twitter accounts owned by The Telegraph.
V3 contacted The Telegraph for comment on the hack, but had received no reply at the time of publication.
Sophos security expert Graham Cluley speculated that The Telegraph was the victim of a phishing attack on its staff.
"What's clear is that someone at The Telegraph was a little careless about their computer security and – most likely – managed to get phished by the Syrian Electronic Army. The hackers were then able to use stolen passwords to access the newspaper's social media accounts," he wrote.
The incident comes after The Financial Times was hit by the Syrian Electronic Army on Friday. The hacktivist group briefly seized control of both website and Twitter accounts from the FT on Friday, posting messages to the site and various Twitter feeds announcing the presence of the pro-government hacking group.
The ease of the hacks once again underline the need for Twitter to introduce two-factor authentication to its site. So far the firm appears unmoved, despite numerous calls for this policy, including those from a former Obama administration chief technology officer.
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