#CyberFLASH: CBC, NHL among sites targeted by Syrian Electronic Army hackers

data-security-featured-webTORONTO – A group of politically motivated hackers operating under the name the Syrian Electronic Army briefly defaced the websites of the CBC, the NHL and a number of other prominent news outlets on Thursday.

At around 8:30 a.m. ET, the group posted an image to its Twitter account suggesting that it had hacked the technology company Gigya, which sells social media log-in technology that companies can integrate into their websites.

“Happy thanks giving, hope you didn’t miss us! The press: Please don’t pretend #ISIS are civilians,” tweeted the group, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Some visitors to CBCNews.ca and other websites saw a pop-up message that said, “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.”

Shortly after 9 a.m. ET, CBC tweeted that the security issue had been addressed.

“The hack resulting in a pop-up on our site has been fixed. You may still see the pop-up as the fix takes time to propagate through DNS,” the CBC wrote.

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