CBC, NHL websites briefly affected by Syrian Electronic Army hack

TORONTO – A group of politically motivated hackers operating under the name the Syrian Electronic Army briefly defaced the websites of the CBC, the NHL and a number of other prominent news outlets on Thursday.

At around 8:30 a.m. ET, the group posted an image to its Twitter account suggesting that it had hacked the technology company Gigya, which sells social media log-in technology that companies can integrate into their websites.

“Happy thanks giving, hope you didn’t miss us! The press: Please don’t pretend #ISIS are civilians,” tweeted the group, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Some visitors to and other websites saw a pop-up message that said, “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.”

Shortly after 9 a.m. ET, CBC tweeted that the security issue had been addressed.

“The hack resulting in a pop-up on our site has been fixed. You may still see the pop-up as the fix takes time to propagate through DNS,” the CBC wrote.

“There’s no risk to users,” the CBC said in another tweet. “It’s not a virus, just a hack that pops up that window.”

Other websites affected by the hack included the Chicago Tribune, CNBC, Forbes, the Independent, the Telegraph and Time Out.

In the past, the Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility for hacking into Twitter accounts and posting pro-Assad messages, has redirected popular websites to their own pages, and defaced some sites with their own text and images.