Syrian hackers target Washington Post site

Hackers who support embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad appear to have taken control of The Washington Post’s mobile site.

Visitors to m.washingtonpost.com received a series of pop-up messages on Thursday afternoon before landing on a page that stated: “Hacked by SEA,” the acronym for the Syrian Electronic Army.


The messages included “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army!” and “US govt is training the terrorists to kill more Syrians.”

The cyberattack is the latest in a long string of hits by the SEA on U.S. and U.K.-based media sites.

Previous victims include Reuters, CNBC, NPR, Forbes, The New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Daily Telegraph and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The attacks are described by the SEA as retaliation for outlets’ coverage of the Syrian conflict and Assad.

 The group before has targeted the Post before.

On Aug. 15, 2013, hackers were able to redirect users to SEA’s site for a brief period of time in a series of attacks that also hit Time and CNN.

The group’s intrusions rarely, if ever, endanger the outlets’ networks. Instead, they typically breach ad networks or other vendors in order to redirect users to their own site.