Both the websites of The Sunday Times and The Sun was showing a defaced page earlier today with a short message saying,
Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army Stop publishing fake reports and false articles about Syria!UK government is supporting the terrorists in Syria to destroy it, stop spreading its propaganda.
The news came in light after the Syrian Electronic Army announced through their Twitter account that they were behind the attack.
Though hacked, the websites carried the defaced page for very less time as the security engineers swung into action and restored the websites and both sites were back to normal.
Two Tweets tweeted one after another by the Sun confirmed the attack, however their tweets included their typical promotional ways as they tried to leverage the hack to gain new visitors.
Our website is currently being hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. To keep reading the real story about Syria, buy The Sun tomorrow…
— The Sun (@TheSunNewspaper) June 18, 2014
It is not the first time that the Syrian Electronic Army has targeted a western media group, they keep doing it all the time as they believe that the Western world and media are pro rebels and against the Assad regime in Syria. Their official statement however always states that they do it when any media group makes any fake news about Syria or poke them about their ways.
last month Syrian Electronic Army hijacked 4 of the wall street journal twitter accounts followed by RSA conference website hack just a few days before it.
We have already contacted the Syrian Electronic Army for more update on the story, and will update the article as soon as we get any further information about the hack.