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Reuters Is the Latest Target of Pro-Government Syrian Hackers

The Thomson Reuters corporate Twitter account is the latest news organization to fall victim to hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army, a group sympathetic to Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad in the country’s ongoing civil war. The group previously disrupted feeds from the Associated Press, the BBC, Financial Times, and the US’s National Public Radio, among other organizations. The hackers posted messages and graphic cartoons to the corporate Twitter account. However, Reuters’ breaking-news Twitter feed was not affected. This marks the second time the Syrian Electronic Army has hacked Reuters. It also recently disrupted the messaging services Tango and Viber. (PC Mag)(The Atlantic Wire)(CNET)

Internet Access Halts in Syria

Internet traffic to and from Syria halted abruptly Tuesday. The Syrian government claims the disruption is the work of terrorists. Western security analysts claim the more likely explanation is that the Syrian government shut down the Internet as it did for three days in November 2012. David Belson, product line director for custom analytics and MCDN, Akamai Technologies, an Internet-content delivery service provider, told the BBC “the failure of a single optical cable [due to being cut] is unlikely to cause a complete internet outage for the country.” Observers assume the move is meant to subvert communication among opposition members who have fought a civil war against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for two years. The government-owned Syrian Arab News Agency reported that the fault would be fixed “as soon as possible.” (The Washington Post)(BBC)(CloudFlare)

Syria Restores Internet Connectivity

The Syrian government restored Internet access in the country, ending a widespread, 19-hour outage The government blamed a problem with fiber optic cables. The country has been locked in a civil war that has lasted about two years. However, diplomats and human-rights organizations claim the Syrian military is responsible for this outage and one that lasted three days in November 2012, as part of an effort to stifle opposition forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group monitoring both sides in the civil war told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that the latest blackout was part of a government operation. Both sides in the ongoing civil war are using cyberattacks. US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford said the Syrian government, with Iranian help, has been monitoring the Internet and using it to track, arrest, and kill opposition activists. (The Telegraph)(CNN)

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