The hacker collective loyal to Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad has managed to hack into the social media accounts of Internet calling service Skype.
The Syrian Electronic Army published the contact information of shy and soon to be retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in the mistaken belief that someone might want to call him.
Apparently, the SEA is upset that Microsoft is monitoring all Skype calls for the US spooks. While this might be outrageous, it does not tend to generate so much outrage as having your loyal paramilitaries pulling people from their beds and executing them, or dropping chemical weapons on kids.
A message posted on Skype’s official Twitter feed on Wednesday, apparently by the hacking group, read: “Don’t use Microsoft emails (hotmail, outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. More details soon. #SEA”
Similar messages were posted on Skype’s official Facebook pages and on a blog on its website before being taken down in late afternoon. The SEA later tweeted out copies of the message “for those who missed it”/
This week, a monitoring group claimed the death toll in Syria’s civil war, which began in March 2011 as peaceful protests against four decades of rule by Assad’s family, had risen to at least 130,000. Microsoft has yet to release figures for the number of chairs broken during meetings with Steve Ballmer in Redmond.