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Barack Obama's social accounts target of Syrian Electronic Army

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(WJLA) - The Syrian Electronic Army, long known for their exploits of hacking into the accounts of prominent people and agencies, may have made Barack Obama's campaign its latest target.

For a period of time Monday afternoon, the links posted to Twitter and Facebook from President Obama's verified accounts redirected to a YouTube video about the Syrian civil war.

Links bearing the OFA.BO shortened links on both of Obama's official accounts were redirecting toward a 24-minute YouTube video about the ongoing conflict in Syria which depicted scenes of violence and carnage.

It does not appear that the Twitter and Facebook pages themselves have been hacked; no unusual content has been posted to either of those pages.

Mashable reports that they received an email from the Syrian Electronic Army on Monday claiming to have hacked into both accounts belonging to the president.

Shortly after the Mashable report, the Syrian Electronic Army's purported Twitter feed lit up with screenshots and claims that they had compromised several of the administration's digital assets.

Links from both accounts typically direct users to barackobama.com, other government websites or content promoting the party line from a shortened OFA.BO URL.

BarackObama.com is still accessible.

This is a developing story. More to come.

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