The Onion’s Suspected Twitter Hack Reveals The Syrian Electronic Army’s Morbid Humor


The Syrian Electronic Army has apparently hacked The Onion’s twitter account, exposing the groups seriously morbid sense of “humor”. “UN retracts report of Syrian chemical weapon use: “Lab tests confirm it is Jihadi body odor”, went one tweet.

We’ve seen fake hacks before, and given that The Onion is a satirical news site, it was hard to know whether this “hack” was just another tasteless ploy for attention. As of about 45 minutes ago (11:15 PT), all of the suspected tweets have been erased. So, either it was a legit hack or The Onion editorial board had a change of heart.

The Syrian Electronic Army has been on a cyberwarfare tear, including a false tweet about an explosion at the White House from the AP twitter account, which caused a brief dip in the stock market.

Twitter is reportedly implementing a more secure two-step verification to make it harder for cybercriminals to infiltrate accounts. Clearly, it can’t come fast enough.

We’ve included a screenshot of the tweets below.