Pro-Assad group claims responsibility for hacking Post website

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A digital screen in the lobby of the Washington Post building shows the newspapers website, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A digital screen in the lobby of the Washington Post building shows the newspapers website, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(AP) – A group that supports Syrian President Bashar Assad is claiming responsibility for today’s hacking of the Washington Post website.

The Post says that for about 30 minutes this morning, readers of some of its stories online were redirected to the website of the Syrian Electronic Army.

The SEA has claimed responsibility for a string of Web attacks on media targets that it sees as sympathetic to Syria’s rebels. The targets have included the Twitter feeds of The Associated Press, Al-Jazeera English and the BBC.

The Post’s managing editor says the hacking incident came a few days after a phishing attack that tried to obtain password information. As a result of that attack, a personal email account of one of the newspaper’s staff writers was used to send out an SEA message.

The managing editor says the SEA claimed in a Twitter message that it gained access to parts of the newspaper’s websites by hacking one of its business partners, the Internet company Outbrain.

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