President Obama’s Twitter account was briefly compromised Monday after a shady online group hacked into the link-shortening service used by Obama’s social media team.
A link posted to the President’s official Twitter account Monday afternoon that was meant to direct to a Washington Post article actually sent Internet users to a YouTube video about terrorism in Syria.
A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) quickly claimed responsibility for the attack in a post on its own Twitter account.
The errant link on Obama’s Twitter account, @BarackObama, was quickly corrected and no longer directs to the video.
According to CNBC, the group, which has claimed responsibility in the past for other big cyber-attacks, didn’t actually hack into the President’s account.
Rather, it breached the link-shortener tool, which send out truncated links to Internet URLs, used by his social media team.
The tool, a custom third-party link-shortener, was used by the President’s Organizing for Action group and is not affiliated with Twitter.
In a separate post, SEA said it had also “accessed many Obama campaign emails accounts to assess his terrorism capabilities.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
SEA has previously targeted the Associated Press and The New York Times with cyber-attacks.