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Thomson Reuters Twitter account is hacked

July 30, 2013

Posted by Chris Roush

The main Twitter account of news outlet Thomson Reuters was taken over Monday, apparently by the Syrian Electronic Army group that has hacked other news organizations, reported Shira Ovide of The Wall Street Journal.

Ovide writes, “‘Earlier today @thomsonreuters was hacked,’ a spokesman for the news organization said in an email late Monday. ‘In this time, unauthorized individuals have posted fabricated tweets of which Thomson Reuters is not the source. The account has been suspended and is currently under investigation.’

“The Thomson Reuters Twitter account as of late Monday Eastern Time was marked as ‘suspended.’ The website BuzzFeed posted images of tweets from the Thomson Reuters Twitter feed before the account was suspended. (Note: Some of the cartoon images depict violent acts.)

“Thomson Reuters declined to say how its Twitter account was compromised. The spokesman also declined to say whether its Twitter account enabled ‘two-factor authentication,’ an extra layer of protection Twitter began offering in May to ensure that a person who enters a password is the authorized user.”

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