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CNN social media accounts hacked by Syrian group

Pro-Syrian government group claims responsibility for hacking into some social media accounts of US broadcaster CNN,  in response to hostile reports on the government of President Bashar Assad.

Washington - The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for hacking into some of US broadcaster CNN's social media accounts.

The network said the compromised accounts included its main Facebook page, its Twitter page and blogs for "The Situation Room" and "Crossfire."

"The posts were deleted within minutes and the accounts have since been secured," it said in a story on its website.

It added that one of the posts on its Twitter account said: "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here...Stop lying... All your reports are fake!"

On its Twitter feed, the SEA said it was behind the hack.

"Tonight, the #SEA decided to retaliate against #CNN's viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in #Syria," it said.

The group, which backs Syria's government, has previously hacked accounts of Skype, as well as The New York Times, Agence France-Presse and other media organizations.

Little is known about the group which claims to have also hacked major UK and U.S. news organizations, as well as Columbia University and rights group Human Rights Watch.

Claiming to be managed by a group of Syrian young people who support the government of President Bashar Assad, it is believed to have emerged around 2011 as an organised group with a Facebook page before creating its own website.

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