The Onion‘s Twitter feed has been hacked.
You might remember a while back when The Onion posted one of the most insensitive articles they had ever written, resulting in a mass of unfollowings. This time they mis-tweeted again, but it’s not their fault. It’s apparently the Syrian Electronic Army that’s making them look bad for this round. In case you decided to look for the tweets, they have since been deleted.
The Onion has always been a parody news site dedicated to making you laugh with its cutting wit and sometimes grossly irrelevant headlines. An example of the kind of headlines they might come up with would be, “Local man could swear he left garbage can by driveway”. Yes it’s ridiculous, and yes, it makes us laugh.
Recent tweets were much more Syrian in nature, leading to conclusions that the Syrian Electronic Army is at it again:
“UN retracts report of Syrian chemical weapon use: ‘Lab tests confirm it is Jihadi body odor'”.
“BREAKING: #TheOnion readership mass confusion as Syrian Electronic Army takes over. All demand a permanent column.” This one included a Twitpic or similar image and had been retweeted.
“The #Onion CEO: ‘We regret taking Zionist money to defame Syria, now the hackers are up our ass.’ This one included a link to a page on The Onion.
“NASA: 9th planet discovered and identified as the Qatari Emir Amad Bin Khalifa.” This one included two links.
Some Twitter postings were not included above, as they were too racist, and all of them were screen captured and posted on Slate.com.
This is not the first time a Twitter news account has been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. Recent hacks affected Associated Press, the BBC, NPR, and Reuters News. Unlike previous attacks, this one did bring a few chuckles.
If you ever find your Twitter account hacked, be sure to immediately change your password.
What do you think of the recent hacking of The Onion on Twitter?