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Syrian Electronic Army

Sky's Google Play store Apps have had their logo changed to the Syrian Electronic Army's and and their description showing the message "Syrian Electronic Army was here". Sky has issued a statement advising its users remove their Apps until the issue is resolved.

Matthew Keys, the former Reuters social media editor, says the attack was confirmed to him by an unnamed SEA hacker.

Syria is currently in the midst of a vicious civil war. The Syrian Electronic Army is thought to be aligned with the country's dictator, Bashar al-Assad.

Twitter

The Sky Twitter feed was also hacked. The following tweet was issued:

However, the company has since issued this statement:

 "The Sky Help Team's Twitter account has been compromised, and the tweet that states customers should uninstall their apps is not guidance from Sky. We are currently investigating the situation. We will provide a further update when we have more information."

This kind of confusion is exactly the effect such hackers seek to achieve, leaving users suspicious of what to trust from these targets in future.

Even Twitter itself is cautious. Although it recently rolled out a two-factor authentication system, it warned that "attacks will continue" and advised account holders to minimize the number of people that have access to them.

Sky is the latest target

This group has attacked various high-profile targets recently, including the Twitter feed of the Associated Press, in which it claimed President Obama had been injured in a White House bombing, the BBC, ITV, The Onion, the Guardian and The Financial times.

 

In September 2011 the Harvard University website was hacked by the same group. 

Official update from Sky: The apps themselves were never affected

The latest official comment from Sky is:

 "Sky Android apps previously downloaded by Sky customers are unaffected and there is no need to remove them from an Android device."