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DOHA: Aljazeera Mobile’s server was broken into, apparently by Syrian hackers last evening and its SMS service used to spread outrageous falsehood as “breaking news”, creating a short-lived flutter in the local online community, just days after the Aljazeera English website was hacked into.
The alert subscribers of the service, however, were quick to recognise the messages as hacked by the audacity of the news and the unusual language and words used in them and were quick to post warnings about them.
“I am afraid this news isn’t accurate guys. Al Jazeera’s IT should check out if they got hacked again,” said a Tweet.
“Typical Assad propaganda … No Surprise here,” said another.
Through its @AJALive Twitter account, Aljazeera alerted its subscribers that its mobile service had been hacked and hackers were sending false news alerts. “We want to call the attention of our subscribers that our SMS services have been targeted by hackers who spread the false news,” said the message of
@AJALive. The network later posted a statement on its Arabic website aljazeera.com about the hacking and saying, “The Al Jazeera Network has immediately taken measures to counter the hackers and posted statements alerting the public about the false messages on its website, as well as Twitter and Facebook.”
This is not the first time
Aljazeera’s electronic system has been hacked, it added. A similar incident happened last week when the hackers broke into Al Jazeera’s services in different countries by hacking a US-based server. But they could not harm the contents on the website, it said.
In last week’s attack on Aljazeera English website the hackers put a Syrian flag and a statement denouncing Aljazeera’s “positions against the Syrian people and government”. That attack was claimed by a group calling itself “Al-Rashedon”.
Posts on Social networks blamed yesterday’s hacking on a group called “Syrian Electronic Army. The Peninsula