April 25, 2014

Sky hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army

logos of sky android apps(LiveHacking.Com) – Several apps belonging to British Sky Broadcasting (Sky) have been removed from Google’s official Android app store following an attack on Sky by the Syrian Electronic Army. The SEA also hacked into one of Sky’s Twitter accounts where it urged readers to download the new defaced apps. The SEA aligns itself with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but denies they operate under the orders of his government.

As part of the hack six of Sky’s Android apps where defaced by having their logos replaced with the SEA logo. Also the descriptions of the apps, which included the company’s Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Football, Sky WiFi, Sky+ and Sky Go apps, were altered to read: “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here”. The screenshots for the apps were also replaced.

The attack of a Google Play account is something new for the SEA which until now  focused on breaching social media accounts of various media companies and western politicians. Normally once an account was hacked the SEA would publish false information. Last month the SEA launched an attack on AP’s twitter account and published a false tweet about the White House being bombed and President Barack Obama being injured. The tweet led to a multi-million dollar drop in the Dow.

According to another Sky account: “Due to a security breach Twitter has locked down @skyhelpteam & we are currently unable to tweet from it.” A Sky spokesman told the BBC it was working to reinstate its apps now that they have been taken offline.

Over the weekend, it was also reported by the Israeli press that the SEA had mounted a failed attempt to disrupt the water supply in the port city of Haifa. The Jerusalem Post said that the chairman of the Science Ministry’s National Council for Research and Development - Prof Yitzhak Ben Yisrael –  revealed that earlier this month the hackers tried to damage the computers controlling the city’s infrastructure .