Syrian Electronic Army hits Sky news apps

British broadcaster urges uninstall of its Android software pending fix

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Syrian Electronic Army hits Sky news apps The Syrian Electronic Army has taken credit for a number of recent attacks on media companies.
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 26, 2013

UK-based broadcaster Sky has advised users of its mobile apps to uninstall the software after it emerged that the software had become compromised through a cyber attack carried out by the Syrian Electronic Army.

The cyber group has reportedly tainted all of Sky's Android offerings in Google Play, adding its logo and now-standard "Syrian Electronic Army was here" message in the description.

Apps affected include Sky Go, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports News, Sky+ and Sky Wi-Fi.

"All Sky's Android apps were hacked and replaced... please uninstall it, and we will let you know when it will be available," Sky posted on its support Twitter account.

Recent attacks attributed to the Syrian Electronic Army include the hijacking of Financial Times' Twitter account to broadcast videos of alleged atrocities perpetrated by anti-government forces in Syria; the attack on The Guardian's Twitter feed; and the hijacking of the Associated Press' Twitter account in which the group posted claims of a bombing at the White House.

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