On Tuesday, an odd tweet signaled that hackers had managed to seize control of the Wall Street Journal’s Twitter (TWTR) account.
During the afternoon, @WSJD tweeted an image of a cockroach with the face of online security expert Ira Winkler pasted over its head. The tweet included the text “@Irawinkler is a cockroach,” CNN notes.
Experts say the Wall Street Journal Twitter account was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), which has successfully hacked the online accounts of a number of other media organizations, including CNN and the New York Times. Winkler drew the wrath of the SEA by comparing the group to cockroaches during an online security conference in February.
In response to the hacking of the Wall Street Journal Twitter account, Winkler called the SEA “a bunch of 20-something, minimally technical people with too much time on their hands and money from the Syrian intelligence services.” He suggested that ants were a more appropriate comparison for SEA members.
After the cockroach tweet was sent, the Wall Street Journal issued another tweet saying it was aware that “some of our Twitter accounts may have been compromised.”
The Wall Street Journal is owned by News Corp. (NWS).
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