CBS confirmed that three of its Twitter accounts, including that of popular show 60 Minutes, were hacked. It is largely believed that the accounts were compromised by Syrian Electronic Army, though they haven’t been officially named as the perpetrators. Some of the tweets sent out from these accounts do point at Syrians, take for example this tweet posted on 60 Minutes account saying: The Syrian army’s fight is your fight. The Syrian army fights for all humanity. The Syrian Electronic Army has previously, reportedly, compromised Twitter accounts of NPR, Reuters and BBC.
The 60 Minutes account was back under CBS control soon after being compromised, but the hackers once again took over it and as of now this particular account has been suspended. Through its primary Twitter account CBS News had confirmed that the account of 48 Hours and of its local Denver affiliate were also compromised. The compromised accounts were mainly used for spreading propaganda, users should avoid clicking on links posted in these tweets as they may lead to sites containing malware. It is not known as of now when these accounts will be back online.