Twitter Accounts of ’60 Minutes’ and ’48 Hours’ and the News Account of One of CBS’s Local Stations Were All Hacked Into on Saturday

Apr 22, 2013  •  Post A Comment

The Twitter accounts of three CBS properties were hacked into on Saturday, April 20, 2013, according to a number of media stories. The accounts belonged to "60 Minutes," "48 Hours" and the local news operation of CBS affiliate KCNC-TV in Denver.

On Sunday, April 21, 2012,  All Things D wrote on its website, "We now know who it was that carried out the hacking attacks on the Twitter accounts of various CBS News outlets last night: The Syrian Electronic Army. It’s a band of digital activists and hackers who support the beleaguered government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The group, which claimed credit for the attacks via a statement on its website, has a history of attacking the websites and social media accounts of various western media organizations."

The story added, "CBS experienced at least one more attack last night after the initial one.The Verge captured images of three more tweets from the account belonging to its high-profile Sunday night magazine show ’60 Minutes,’ presumably sent by hijackers. Today, as of 8:15 am PT, the ”60 Minutes’ Twitter account and that of another CBS show, ’48 Hours,’ were suspended."

The article also noted, "A Twitter account belonging to the Syrian Electronic Army has also been suspended, but, in what appears to be a rolling battle with Twitter, the group appears to have created a new one. It seems to be doing the same thing with Facebook, creating new accounts every time an old one is shut down."

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