Syria Blowback, Internet-Style

Per BBC:

The Associated Press news agency is the latest Western news organisation to fall victim to the Syrian Electronic Army’s cyber war, with a false tweet about an explosion at the White House causing a sudden albeit brief dip in the Dow Jones index by up to 140 points.

The Syrian Electronic Army is a pro-Assad group which styles itself “a group of enthusiastic Syrian youths who could not stay passive towards the massive distortion of facts about the recent uprising in Syria.” Whether or not that description is strictly accurate (e.g. whether they might actually be part of the regime’s apparatus), the real question is “who lost money, and how much, seemingly due to the US government’s refusal to keep its nose out of Syria’s internal affairs?”

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