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Syrian Group Targets Links On Obama's Twitter, Facebook

Social media accounts not hacked despite initial reports



    A pro-Assad group claimed responsibility Monday for hacking and altering links posted on President Obama's Twitter and Facebook pages.

    The Syrian Electronic Army changed the shortened links on Obama's social media feeds so they redirected to a YouTube video depicting violence in Syria. The 24-minute video where the shortened links lead is titled "Syria facing terrorism."

    SEA also reportedly accessed Obama's campaign emails.

    The group initially claimed that it hacked the president's Facebook and Twitter. However,CNBC reported that they targeted only the third-party website used to shorten links. Organizing For Action, Obama's grassroots campaign, uses that web site separately from its social media accounts.

    SEA posted several photos on its Twitter account to validate the hack.

    The links on Obama's account are back to normal, and according to Mashable, SEA is finished hacking.