Syrian regime supporters hack BBC weather, Arabic Twitter accounts

London, Mar. 22 (ANI): The official BBC weather Twitter account and the BBC Arabic account were hijacked for almost three hours by supporters of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad.

The hackers, who called themselves the "Syrian Electronic Army", posted a series of spoof weather reports attacking opponents of the Assad regime, including Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as well as Britain, reports the Telegraph.

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed the account, @bbcweather, which has more than 57,000 followers, was an official account and had been hacked.

A few hours later BBC had regained control and apologised for the disruption.

The account is normally used to tweet weather updates and warnings, as well as behind-the-scenes pictures from BBC forecasters and presenters.

The BBC Arabic account, @BBCArabicOnline, which has more than 60,000 followers, was also hijacked at around the same time, as was @bbcradioulster.

The hackers claimed to be part of the "Syrian Electronic Army", which operates its own Twitter account and website.

Their website boasts about previous alleged hacking victims, including the French news agency AFP and Human Rights Watch.

Graham Cluley of internet security firm Sophos, said the good news is that the hack doesn't appear to have been done with the intention of spreading malicious links or scams. Instead, it appears that the Syrian Electronic Army are trying to spread political messages about Syria instead, he added. (ANI)

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