Our Film and the Syrian Electronic Army Hack

Interesting about the hack yesterday on the Associated Press Twitter account by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). The mainstream media covered this extensively. Here in the New York Times and here, from Helen A.S. Popkin at NBCNews.com, who dug deeper then most.


By and large very little was reported about the source of the attack. And what the SEA regularly does besides posting fake tweets. Much of the news in the U.S. had to do either with how one fake tweet about an attack on the White House and the President impacted financial markets, or why Twitter needs to improve its security.

The markets recovered immediately. And Twitter, according to Wired, is rolling out two-step authentication to improve its security.

Little has been said about the more serious damage the SEA and its compatriots in the Assad regime are doing online. And their lethal consequences.

Our film concerns security online and threats from cyber-surveillance. In particular, how these collide in a very real way right now in the Syrian civil war. Sources have told us about the ways in which activists and members of the opposition are compromised by malware and surveillance software. Facebook and Skype have been used extensively by the SEA and others for this purpose. The consequences can be detention, torture and death.

We have this on-camera.

Too bad the mainstream press chooses to ignore those more deadly aspects of the story. But the film will address them, be sure of that. And threats from cyber-surveillance in other countries as well.