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The weapons in Syria’s civil war run the gamut from poison gas to poisoning public opinion. While world condemnation is forcing the Assad regime to dispose of its poison gas reserves, the public opinion war continues unabated.
In the latest “battle,” Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, had its Twitter feed hacked and the following message left, “Don’t use Microsoft emails (hotmail, outlook), they are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. More details soon. #SEA.” Also posted was contact information for outgoing Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, saying, “You can thank Microsoft for monitoring your accounts/emails using this details. #SEA.”
In its reporting of the hack, latimes.com, Nabih Bulos noted that the Syrian Electronic Army on its Facebook page said, “In continuation of our electronic war that we started in defense of the borders of our homeland … the command of the SEA declares its success in hacking Microsoft … and finding many documents that prove Microsoft’s selling of information and passwords for Hotmail and Outlook and other accounts to government in exchange for large sums of money.” Following was a link in Arabic.
Bulos went on to point out the underlying cause of SEA’s disenchantment with Microsoft. “Skype has been a mainstay of communications among opponents of the Syrian government and is often the only way to reach activists, largely because of the widespread belief that the service is secure.”
For its part, a Skype spokesperson made clear in a statement that “no user information was compromised.”