Thursday, 21 March 2013


At about 1 p.m. London time today, the BBC's weather service Twitter account was compromised by a bunch of real charmers known as the Syrian Electronic Army, a group of pro-regime hackers who have previously caused havoc for the electronic storefront of Human Rights Watch, one of the world's better known NGOs scrutinising the human rights abuses of the Assad regime. 

Via the usually innocuous weather update account, the group make some decidedly inflammatory remarks about the regime of Turkey, Qatar and Lebanon. Israel is singled out for special treatment, with temperatures of 5000 degrees centigrade predicted (a reference to a nuclear strike, presumably) as well as a tsunami, with residents of Haifa advised to "return to Poland". 

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