Reuters hacked, phony Syria stories posted

Bogus posts reported on setbacks suffered by rebel Free Syrian Army fighting Assad regime.

Reuters

The 19th century military theorist Carl von Clausewitz famously asserted that war was an expression of politics by other means. A 21st century postscript: add cyber hacking to the list of means.

With Syria in the midst of a raging civil war, somebody hacked the Reuters.com Web site on Friday with a phony post purporting to carry an interview with Free Syrian Army head Riad al-Asaad.

"Our blogging platform was compromised and fabricated blog posts were falsely attributed to several Reuters journalists," the company said in a statement and later tweeted. "We are working to address the problem."

It's unclear who was behind the attacks but a subsequent Reuters story quoted the Free Syrian Army blaming President Bashar al-Assad's government for the false posting.

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Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at CBSNews.com, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.

 

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