Several accounts belonging to The Guardian, including @GuardianSustBiz and @BusinessDesk, began to send out messages of support for the pro-Assad group earlier on Monday. One tweet from the Business feed read “Follow the Syrian Electronic Army … Follow the truth! @Official_SEA12 #SEA #Syria”According to the Guardian’s own reporting, the SEA is thought to be operating out of a secret base in Dubai since leaving Damascus last year. Opposition activists believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s billionaire cousin, Rami Makhlouf, currently backs the group financially, and moved the SEA out of Syria following its emergence in 2011.The Guardian joins a growing list of media companies that have fallen victim to recent takeovers by the Syrian Electronic Army, which now includes the BBC, NPR and CBS. Recently, the group also managed to gain access to world soccer governing body FIFA’s official feed.Many of the victims, including The Guardian, reported phishing email attempts before the successful hijacking of their Twitter feeds. According to James Ball, a data editor with The Guardian, the phishing attempts were “sustained” and included variations on emails attempting to steal login credentials from newspaper staff.“The guys doing the Guardian phishing attack I mentioned yesterday (it’s SEA) are really very good: sustained, changing, mails today,” Ball tweeted on Monday.By some accounts, 11 Twitter feeds fell victim to the phishing effort, which included several of the Guardian’s editors as well as Guardian Stage, Guardian Film, Guardian Books and Guardian Music. According to a tweet sent out by the SEA via the Books Twitter feed, the group was responding to recent suspension of its own accounts.”We will keep hacking #Twitter accounts and cause for you problems if you keep suspending our accounts #SEA,” the group tweeted via @guardianbooks.Since last week’s AP Twitter hack announcing a bogus attack on the White House, which in addition to confusion briefly caused a $200 billion loss for the Dow Jones, many within the journalism community have been clamoring for additional security features from Twitter.One of the most demanded features for enhanced security from the social networking site includes two-step authentication, which might take the form of a code sent via text message in addition to a feed’s password.Successful exploits by the Syrian Electronic Army come at an inconvenient time for Twitter, which has grown to such a scale that the US Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that companies can now share market relevant announcements via the platform.As to what the specific motivations are for the spate of recent takeovers, the SEA told RT Arabic last week that its activities are a response to US media’s reporting of that country’s ongoing civil conflict:“US news agency Associated Press, alongside other Western news outlets have been engaged in a media war against Syria. But with our infiltration, we have shown that we can fight off any assault,” an anonymous source within the clandestine hacking organization Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) told RT.Once accounts are compromised, most Twitter feeds are quickly suspended by the service, though the SEA is nonetheless proving quite successful at drawing attention to itself, and perhaps most of all to a need for tighter security. …
What follows may be painful for some. It may hurt as much as the old tobacco smoke enema. The only difference is that I’m NOT blowing smoke up yours. …
Israeli soccer fans in Jerusalem say that it wasn’t racism that made them walk out when one of their own players scored a goal over the weekend, but that it was “just a matter of being Arab” and they want to keep the team “pure.” A group of hardcore fans — known…
Reason Contributing Editor Michael C.
Moynihan (now at The Daily
Beast) sent me this Swedish PSA about what a world in which no
taxes were paid. It is, apparently, a world in which water turns
brown, roads go unpaved, and soccer fields (in Europese: football
pitches) go unpaved. On the other hand, kids still ride spider
bikes. So there’s that.
The choice is yours, civilization.
Watching this clip reminded me that in just about every film by
the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman there’s a glorious
anti-tax rant (my favorite comes a propos of nothing in Scenes from
a Marriage, but I’m pretty sure even Death is bitching about taxes
under this breath in Seventh Seal). Bergman
even left Sweden for a time after a run-in with authorities on
the matter. …
Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the U.S. National Team, came out as gay, and he announced on his website Thursday that he would be taking a break, and possibly retiring, from soccer.
Rogers tweeted ”Just getting some sh*t off my chest,” with a link to a personal blog post where he wrote: “Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently. ”
He added that for his whole life he had:
Felt different, different from my peers, even different from my family … For the past 25 years I have been afraid, afraid to show whom [sic] I really was because of fear … I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined … I will always be thankful for my career. I will remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my teammates. I will never forget the friends I have made along the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret.
In a poignant post entitled “The Next Chapter…” on his personal website, U.S. soccer player Robbie Rogers has come out as gay and also stepped away from professional soccer.
Although he described his playing career as giving him “more joy than I could have ever imagined,” the pain in Rogers’ writing is palpable at times.
Nigeria lifts African Cup of NationsGet short URLLink copied to clipboardemail story to a friendprint versionPublished: 11 February, 2013, 01:26
Nigeria’s defender and team captain Joseph Yob (C) and his teammates hold the trophy after they won the 2013 African Cup of Nations final against Burkina Faso on February 10, 2013 at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg (AFP Photo / Issouf Sanogo)After almost two decades of bad fortune at the African Cup of Nations, Nigeria has returned to the top of football on the continent beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the decider.”);
Sunday Mba’s goal late in the first half made the difference in the final. The midfielder produced a master-piece in front of around 87,000-strong crowd at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg with a left-foot volley into the far right corner after he collected a rebound and tossed the ball over a defender.Nigeria did well even without its key striker Emanuel Emenike, who was forced to miss the game due to injury. It didn’t stop the Spartak Moscow star from becoming the best goal scorer of the tournament with 4 goals in 5 games.Another man behind Nigeria’s success, Stephen Keshi, who captained Nigeria to its last African Cup crown in 1994, has now lifted the trophy as a coach.As for Burkina Faso, underdogs before the tournament they fell short of repeating Zambia’s surprise win at the previous Cup of Nations. They progressed beyond the group stage for only the second time in the tournament’s history and then beat continental powers Togo and Ghana on their way to the final.Nigeria’s forward Emmanuel Emenike celebrates after scoring a goal (AFP Photo) …