ITV News Twitter Account Infiltrated With Syrian-Linked MessagesChris Spillane
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.