A Syrian hacker group supporting the Assad regime says it broke into the link shortening service for President Obama's campaign, redirecting links from his campaign Twitter and Facebook accounts to one showing propaganda videos from the Syrian Electronic Army, Fox News confirms.
The admission comes a day before the president hosts CEOs from the financial, energy, defense and information technology sectors to discuss cyber security.
A spokesperson for Organizing for Action, the successor group to the Obama campaign which retains control of @BarackObama and the Barack Obama Facebook page, told TIME, “An account to our link shortener was hacked.” Obama’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were not compromised in the attack.
On Twitter, the hacker group claimed it had accessed “many” e-mail accounts belonging to the campaign, posting screenshots purporting to be from the Obama campaign website back end.
The OFA spokesperson did not immediately comment on whether the other accounts were hacked.
Shortly after the attack, Twitter added a warning to links posted by OFA warning that they may be visiting an unsafe site.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.