Pro-Assad hackers hijack AFP Twitter account, spread propaganda photos

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Uh oh. Earlier today, some questionable tweets appeared on the photo feed of French news agency Agence France-Presse.

Wonder who … (look at stream) RT @afp appears our @afpphoto Twitter account has been hacked. Recent photos posted are NOT ours.

— Lianna Brinded (@LiannaBrinded) February 26, 2013

Looks like @afpphoto has been hacked by pro-Syrian govt forces @telecomix@youranonnews #anonymous

— pogue (@pogue25) February 26, 2013

AFP was unable to immediately gain access to the @AFPphoto account to derail the apparent hacking, but the agency’s main @AFP account is still active.

It appears our @afpphoto Twitter account has been hacked. Recent photos posted are NOT ours. Unable to delete but working on it

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) February 26, 2013

The account was suspended, but not before these pro-Syrian regime, anti-Obama propaganda photos were tweeted.









AFP’s statement:

Starting at 16:45 GMT, the Twitter account of AFP’s photo service @AFPphoto was hacked. The documents posted after that on the account did not originate from the agency.

An account possibly linked to the Syrian Electronic Army, said to be close to the Syrian regime, claimed credit for hacking the AFP account.

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked @afpphoto and made them post the truth for a change #SEA #Syria…

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA) February 26, 2013

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