As news broke over the weekend suggesting the Obama administration had spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel since as far back as 2010, existing concerns surrounding the U.S. government’s invasion of privacy noticeably increased.
One group of hackers, known as the Syrian Electronic Army, plied its illicit trade in an apparent effort to make a statement about precisely that issue Monday morning.
Targeting the official social media sites of Barack Obama and the email accounts of those involved in his campaign and administration, the group claimed credit for a wide array of online havoc.
“Obama doesn’t have any ethical issues with spying on the world,” a group statement said, “so we took it upon ourselves to return the favor.”
In addition to interrupting service to Obama’s pages, the hacking operation reportedly switched links on his Twitter and Facebook accounts with those sending visitors to a video supporting the Syrian cause.
After Twitter restricted access to the profile, a tweet ostensibly written by a Syrian Electronic Army source stated, “Thanks to our operation, Twitter now blocks Obama’s dangerous propaganda links.”
Additionally, the group published an image of what appears to be the hacked email account of Obama campaign organizer Suzanne Snurpus, indicating the group gained access to “many Obama campaign emails” in an effort to “assess his terrorism capabilities.”
These are far from the first attacks for which the Syrian Electronic Army has claimed credit, though the focus on Obama’s policy of spying on the world is an intriguing twist.
The man who promised to bring humanity closer together has succeeded only in uniting the rest of the world in their hatred of the U.S. and his tyrannical reign.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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