The attackers appeared to have a clear agenda, posting a false story claiming an assassination of Sau al-Faisal, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia.
It’s unfortunately familiar territory for the prominent news source. The same BBC news story noted that it was the third breach on Reuters within a month’s time span. In a previous attack, hackers pushed the idea that the Syrian army was retreating.
The situation in the middle-east has been tense with expanding opposition to Syrian government amid reports of violence.
Reuters has since responded. “Our blogging platform was compromised and a fabricated blog post saying Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal had died was illegally posted on a Reuters journalist’s blog on Reuters.com,” commented the news agency in the BBC report.
Hack attacks have been commonly used to post false news story. Last year, LulzSec breached a website belonging to PBS, falsely claiming that rapper Tupac Shakur had been found alive living in New Zealand.