AFP's Twitter photo account hacked

Feb 26, 2013
The Twitter account of AFP's photo service, @AFPphoto, was hacked on Tuesday at 16:45 GMT. The images posted until the account was suspended more than an hour later did not come from the agency, AFP's management said in a statement.

The Twitter account of AFP's photo service, @AFPphoto, was hacked on Tuesday at 16:45 GMT. The images posted until the account was suspended more than an hour later did not come from the agency, AFP's management said in a statement.

"Starting at 16:45 GMT, the Twitter account of AFP's @AFPphoto was hacked. The documents posted after that on the account did not originate from the agency," the statement said.

The account has since been suspended and AFP is working to restore it.

Most of the images posted by the hackers after the site was hacked were related to the conflict in Syria.

At the same time, AFP has been the victim since Monday morning of a so-called "phishing" attack designed to steal the identifications and of agency employees by luring them into logging onto a fake AFP website.

The attack was still under way but has so far been successfully repelled, AFP's said.

It was not clear as of Tuesday night whether the two hacking episodes were related.

Explore further: Protecting infrastructure with smarter CPS

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Senator's Twitter account hacked

Jan 23, 2012

A US senator's Twitter account was hacked Monday and a series of messages sent out to his more than 33,500 followers.

Hackers target Jeep's Twitter account

Feb 19, 2013

Hackers referencing hip-hop acts took over US automaker Jeep's Twitter account Tuesday in an attack not unlike one the day before that targeted fast food chain Burger King.

USA Today Twitter feed hacked

Sep 26, 2011

The Twitter account of USA Today has been hacked in the latest cyberattack on a US media outlet by a group calling itself the "Script Kiddies."

Recommended for you

Protecting infrastructure with smarter CPS

6 hours ago

Security of IT networks is continually being improved to protect against malicious hackers. Yet when IT networks interface with infrastructures such as water and electric systems to provide monitoring and control capabilities, ...

Apple helps iTunes users delete free U2 album

20 hours ago

Apple on Monday began helping people boot U2 off their iTunes accounts after a cacophony of complaints about not wanting the automatically downloaded free album by the Irish rock band.

Habitual Facebook users: Suckers for social media scams?

Sep 15, 2014

A new study finds that habitual use of Facebook makes individuals susceptible to social media phishing attacks by criminals, likely because they automatically respond to requests without considering how they are connected ...

YouTube to go offline in India on Android phones

Sep 15, 2014

YouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said Monday.

Facebook vs. loneliness

Sep 15, 2014

Are people becoming lonelier even as they feel more connected online? Hayeon Song, an assistant professor of communication at UWM, explored this topic in recent research.

User comments : 0