The Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Assad hacker organization, hijacked The Onion's Twitter feed on Monday, posting a series of anti-Qatari, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-Syrian rebel tweets. All of the messages were written in fluent, colloquial English; several included attached image files that made use of popular Reddit memes such as Fry from “Futurama.”
In response, the Onion, which deleted the hacked tweets, posted a series of articles with titles like “Syrian Electronic Army Has A Little Fun Before Inevitable Upcoming Deaths At Hands Of Rebels,” and “Onion Twitter Password Changed To OnionMan77.”
Compared with mainstream news outlets such as the New York Times, the Onion--which as a satirical fake newspaper has leeway that conventional publications lack--has been a vocal proponent of Syrian military intervention by the United States. The Syrian Electronic Army is allegedly responsible for hacking the AP's Twitter feed, along with the BBC, and a host of others. It left a trail of breadcrumbs in the attack: Its bad jokes, which hinted at its ideological stance, and its IP addresses, which could be traced back to the Middle East.