British satellite broadcaster Sky today found itself on the receiving end of hackers after its Twitter account along with its android account were hacked. This is the newest security breach to face a major media house and the event occurs only months after Financial Times, The Telegraph and the newswire service the Associated Press faced similar breaches.
Following the attacks carried out by Syrian Electronic Army, The British broadcaster removed several of its apps — including Sky Go, Sky News, and Sky Sports http://technewsrprt.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpNews — from the Google Play Store.
Before being taken down, the hacking group replaced the logo of each app with its own and changed the description to “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here,” CNET UK reported.
However, Sky News Arabia, Sky News Arabia for Tablets, and Sky News Weather Channel are still available and seem to have escaped the hack unscathed. Sky’s apps on iOS also seem unaffected.
Regarding the hacking and subsequent tweets sent form Sky’s Twitter account, A spokesman for the media house told CNET, “The Sky Help Team’s Twitter account has been compromised, and the tweet that states customers should uninstall their apps is not guidance from Sky. We are currently investigating the situation. We will provide a further update when we have more information.”
This latest hack comes less then a week after Twitter introduced a two-factor authentication system to help members to keep their accounts more secure.
Syrian Electronic Army has so far taken credit for hacking into the social media accounts of the Onion, the Associated Press, NPR, CBS, the Guardian, and the BBC.