Reports are coming in that Reuters were hacked this morning by the Syrian Electronic Army, with people taking to Twitter to voice their concerns over the site redirecting to a message from SEA. The message was still online around 12pm GMT but has since been taken down with the site operating as normal again.
The hack allegedly occurred through the site’s third party ad-provider Taboola, raising a number of vulnerability concerns at the news agency regarding its site’s security. One commenter noted that that this is why ad security is so important. Taboola has not commented on the matter as of this writing.
As you can see from the messages from the Syrian Electronic Army, the attack is a form of protest over “fake reports and false articles” on Syria.
This isn’t the first time that the SEA has attacked news outlets over their coverage, Reuters has fallen victim before and most recently the SEA hit out at the websites of the British newspapers The Sun and The Sunday Times last week.