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'60 Minutes' Twitter feed hacked as '48 Hours' airs Marathon special

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  April 20, 2013 10:51 PM

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The official twitter account of the CBS show "60 Minutes" was hacked late Saturday night and suspended for the second time in less than 24 hours, this time by someone posting sympathetic Tweets for the Syrian government and opposing the United States' involvement there.

Earlier Saturday, both the "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" accounts were hacked. But had been posting later in the day.

Both accounts were still down Sunday. CBS confirmed the earlier attack but not the second one.

The attack occurred while a "48 Hours" special about the Boston Marathon bombings was airing on the same network. That account was also suspended Saturday night.

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A group calling itself the "Syrian Cyber Army" took the credit this time - in a Tweet that originated in Indonesian.

An outfit called the "Syrian Electrionic Army" launched a similar attack on NPR last week.

The first hacked Tweet was posted at about 10:31 p.m. Eastern and a stream of about 20 posts ridiculing President Obama, the United States and supporting the Syrian government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, flowed continually for about 20 minutes before the account was finally suspended.

One Tweet showed a Photoshopped version of the president morphed into Alfred E. Neuman with the quote: "We don't negotiate with terrorists because we are the terrorists."

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