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Washington Post says website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Hackers got in by way of an aptly-named third party service called Outbrain, said the Post.

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The Washington Post said Thursday that its website had been hacked. (Alex Wong/AFP/Getty Images)

The Washington Post said Thursday that its website had been compromised by the Syrian Electronic Army. 

The hackers reportedly got in through Outbrain, a third-party service that puts up "sponsored links" boxes on the Post's website, the Post explained.

The SEA, a hacker group loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, also tweeted the deed: 

As of this writing, content on CNN.com and TIME.com does not appear to be linking to SEA websites like some of the Post's content

The Post's technicians have identified Outbrain is the source of the problem, and the provider tweeted on Thursday that its services are currently down due to an unspecified attack:

The SEA reportedly told Hacker News that they have access to Outbrain's email inbox.

No additional information was immediately available.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130815/washington-post-website-hacked-syrian-electronic