Skype, the Internet calling communicator service, was hacked on Wednesday by the Syrian Electronic Army – a hacker group in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – according to a Reuters report via Yahoo! News on Wednesday evening.
Beyond the hacking incident, the Syrian Electronic Army revealed Steve Ballmer’s contact information via Twitter. Ballmer is the Microsoft Corp’s retiring chief executive. The Ballmer contact information included the comment which said that you can thank Microsoft for monitoring your accounts and emails using this detail. They ended the message with the hashtag #SEA.
No doubt, the message was referencing previous actions by the National Security Agency which were made public by Edward Snowden last year. Via Snowden, it was revealed that Skype – which is owned by Microsoft – was involved with the NSA’s program which monitored individual’s communications.
The hacking group appears to have sent a message by way of Skype’s official Twitter account which said not to use Microsoft emails – including Hotmail and Outlook – because they are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. The message said that more details would be coming.
Additionally, Skype’s Facebook had messages posted by the hacker group as well.