Financial Times Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army

This illustrative picture taken in London, England on December 11, 2012 shows copies of the Financial Times newspaper. British publisher Pearson said on December 11, 2012 that its flagship business newspaper The Financial Times was not for sale, in response to recent media speculation. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
This illustrative picture taken in London, England on December 11, 2012 shows copies of the Financial Times newspaper. British publisher Pearson said on December 11, 2012 that its flagship business newspaper The Financial Times was not for sale, in response to recent media speculation. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON (Reuters) - The website of British newspaper the Financial Times was hacked on Friday, apparently by the "Syrian Electronic Army", a group of hackers and on-line activists who say they support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Stories on the FT's website have had their headlines replaced by "Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army" and messages on its Twitter feed read: "Do you want to know the reality of the Syrian 'Rebels?'" followed by a link to a video.

The group has previously targeted the Twitter account belonging to the BBC's weather service, and the accounts of rights group Human Rights Watch and of French news service France 24.

FT publisher Pearson and Twitter were not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas, Kate Holton and Ben Berkowitz)

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