Syrian group hits The Onion's Twitter feed

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 May, 2013, 4:01am


The Twitter feed of satirical US news website The Onion was hacked by a Syrian group aiming to inject its own sardonic spin on the deadly conflict.

Screenshots posted by eHacking News on Monday indicated a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army took control of the feed and posted comments and photos in line with similar intrusions at other news organisations.

"UN retracts report of Syrian chemical weapon use: 'Lab tests confirm it is Jihadi body odour'," said one tweet, still available as a screenshot on news blogs after its deletion.

Another tweet said: "UN's Ban Ki Moon condemns Syria for being struck by Israel: 'It was in the way of Jewish missiles'."

The Onion did not respond to requests for comment, but later confirmed the attack with a story offering its own style of humour.

"Following today's incident in which the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into The Onion's Twitter account, sources at America's Finest News Source confirmed that its Twitter password has been changed to OnionMan77 in order to prevent any future cyber-attacks," the news article said.

A separate article said the Syrian hacker group "simply wanted to have a little fun before soon dying at the hands of rebel forces".

One social media user tweeted: "The Onion's Twitter feed has been hacked, and yet it is still a more reliable news source than CNN."