[UPDATE: 10/28/2013, 2:36 P.M. EDT: The SEA reportedly hacked the Twitter account through the email address of Suzanne Snurpus, an administrator working on BarackObama.com. The hackers gained access to the site's control panel, which was run by Blue State Digital in 2008 and 2012, Mashable reported. The links subjected to the hacking were fixed shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday.
President Barack Obama’s Twitter appeared to have been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) on Monday.
On mid-afternoon on Monday, a series of tweets were sent from the president’s Twitter account that led to links with Syrian pro-government propaganda.
The falsified tweets linked to videos showing abuse of insurgents and rebels fighting against Bashar al-Assad's dictatorial Ba'athist government during the Syrian civil war. One tweet displayed a link to a Washington Post story, but it actually directed users to a video called “Syria facing terrorism.”
Mashable reported an email sent by SEA on Monday said the group did hack Obama’s Twitter but would not provide details about how it accessed the accounts.
“All the links that Barack Obama account tweeted it and post it on Facebook was redirected to a video showing the truth about Syria,” a SEA spokesperson wrote.
According to Mashable, the group did not hack his Twitter account but rather the URL shortener service for BarackObama.com.
The group may have had access to BarackObama.com since Sunday night. The Blaze reported a page on the site redirected to a website reading: "Hacked by SEA.”
Tweets from the hacking read:
The Syrian Electronic Army is a group of pro-Assad hackers who are alleged to operate with support from the Assad regime. The group has also attacked other major government and media websites, including the New York Times, the Huffington Post and the U.S. Marine Corps website.