Syrian Electronic ArmyThe year has barely gotten off to a start and we’re already dealing with a variety of security breaches such as those with Target and Shapchat. Now the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a Syrian computer hacker conglomerate, is kicking off the New Year with a variety of cyber-attacks. —They have compromised Skype, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.

Social media accounts belonging to Skype, Microsoft’s Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, were hacked today (January 2nd) at 19:30 GMT. Ironically, the SEA posted a message on Skype’s Twitter account stating: “Stop spying on people! via Syrian Electronic Army.” SEA later re-tweeted the message using its own twitter page.

The SEA is urging people to stop using Microsoft accounts because they say the company is “selling the data to the governments.”

The Take-Home Message

When cleaning out the clutter from the Christmas holidays, you may want to clean up your passwords and usernames for your apps as well, including Skype, Twitter and Facebook.

Ernie Sherman

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 2nd January 2014 by Ernie Sherman.