updated 04:25 am EDT, Mon May 27, 2013
Apps claimed to be compromised, Sky advises apps safe
British broadcaster Sky is the latest victim of hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army. Just as in previous attacks, one of its Twitter accounts was taken over by the hackers, but in an unusual maneuver, SEA also managed to gain access to the corporation's Android app listings, replacing the app descriptions on Google Play with "Syrian Electronic Army was here."
The hacked Google Play listings for Sky+, Sky News, Sky Go, Sky Wifi, Sky Movies, and Sky Sports News also had their screenshots replaced by the SEA logo. In an odd move, the Twitter account for Sky's support teams posted a message claiming the apps were "hacked and replaced," requesting users to uninstall the apps from their devices. It has since been
found by The Next Web that the Twitter account itself was compromised, and had the ultimate goal of trying to scare as many users as possible into removing the app.
Sky has since removed the apps from the Google Play store as a temporary measure, advises that its apps were not compromised, and that people that have previously downloaded the app are not at risk.
Sky is the latest organization to be hit by the hacking group, which also attacked the
Guardian, Associated Press, NPR, the BBC, and The Onion. The spate of attacks forced Twitter to send out a memo to news organizations on how to keep their Twitter account secure, as well as expedite the development of its two-step authentication system.