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ITV News Twitter Account Infiltrated With Syrian-Linked Messages

ITV News Twitter Account Infiltrated With Syrian-Linked Messages
ITV Plc, owner of the U.K.’s biggest commercial TV station, is the latest to be hijacked following last week’s attack on The FT’s accounts and last month’s hacking on the Associated Press’s Twitter account. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

May 24 (Bloomberg) -- ITV Plc, owner of the U.K.’s biggest commercial TV station, suffered a Twitter account hack today with postings attributed to the “Syrian Electronic Army,” a name also used last week when The Financial Times’s social media accounts were infiltrated with links to war atrocity videos.

The @itvlondon account on Twitter Inc. posted six messages. One said “Francois Hollande to double aid to rebels, including a complementary French flag with every aid package,” with a picture of a white flag against a blue, cloudy sky.

Another post said “Twitter finally defeats the #Syria-n electronic army,’ with a link to an Independent newspaper article. That was followed by another message, which read “Just kidding. The Syrian Electronic Army was here. #SEA via @Official_SEA12.”

The messages have now been deleted. ITV confirmed that it had been hacked, according to a post on its main Twitter account. The London-based TV news service is the latest to be hijacked following last week’s attack on The FT’s accounts and last month’s hacking on the Associated Press’s Twitter account.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Spillane in Johannesburg at cspillane3@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net

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