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Twitter Accounts of Professional Soccer Organization FIFA Hacked

April 22, 2013

By Cynthia Herbert :: 10:16 PM

FIFA Twitter accounts hacked today.Two Twitter accounts belonging to the international Football (Soccer) association, FIFA, were hacked earlier today.

A series of Tweets were posted to the compromised accounts that alleged of corruption within the organization and in its leadership ranks.

FIFA’s president,  Sepp Blatter, was directly accused of corrupt activities in the Tweets. “It was decided that the president Sepp Blatter is to step down due to corruption charges,” said one of the hacked messages.

Although the agency was ultimately able to regain control of the accounts with help of Twitter, it was not before a number of Tweets were posted from both FIFA’s official account as well as Blatter’s personal account.

The hacking was the work of the Syrian Electronic Army – a loosely organized group of hackers who are sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The same group also claimed to have hacked the Twitter accounts of the BBC’s Arabic service, broadcaster Al-Jazeera, and several Twitter accounts owned by CBS, including the account for 60 Minutes. Members of the group posted several messages around the Internet claiming responsibility for the hacks.