The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) stamped its avian emblem on the Twitter account belonging to Time on Friday.
“Syrian Electronic Army Was Here via @Official_SEA16.. Next time write a better words about the Syrian president #SEA,” the hacktivist collective tweeted from the Time Twitter account.
The post was deleted within ten minutes.
The message likely refers to Time's description of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in its Person of the Year poll, which reads, “Syria's ruler presided over a bloody year, shrugging off international concerns over the use of chemical weapons as the death toll of his country's civil war eclipsed 100,000.”
From its own Twitter account, the pro-Assad group, which has gained recognition for compromising media websites with advanced phishing emails, tweeted that it was responsible for interfering with the poll.