E! News online’s Twitter feed was hacked earlier today, the news organization confirmed.
The @eonline Twitter, which reaches 5.2 million followers, was suspended following the hack.
E! News text subscribers were also sent hacked messages in an attack the Syrian Electronic Army hacker group claimed.
The Syrian Electronic Army is a pro-government group loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, whose loyalists are clashing with the rebel Free Syrian Army in Syria. The group has sent out spam attacks on anti-government people or posts, and uses Twitter and YouTube to counter Free Syrian Army claims.
Multiple false tweets sent out involved reporting that pop star Justin Bieber was gay. Another read: "Angelina Jolie admits, in E! latest issue, that Jordan is to blame for the Syrian refugees' atrocious conditions."
“Eonline’s Breaking News twitter and SMS accounts were compromised today,” E! News said in a statement. “We’re working to have this resolved as quickly as possible and are fully investigating the incident. We apologize for any confusion that the erroneous news alerts may have caused”.
CBS News’ “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes” accounts were also similarly hacked two weeks ago.
An attack days later on the Associated Press’ Twitter feed caused the Dow Jones to drop 100 points.