Washington: Hackers from a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army claimed today they had taken control of US President Barack Obama`s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
The group, which backs Syria`s government and which has previously hacked accounts of The New York Times, Agence France-Presse and other media organizations, published screen shots which it said backed its claims.
"Thanks to our operation, Twitter now blocks Obama`s dangerous propaganda links," said a tweet from the Syrian group.
Both accounts appeared to be functioning normally some time after the claim.
The White House did not immediately respond to an AFP query on the claim.
A Twitter spokesman said in a tweet that "The @BarackObama Twitter account was not compromised; their link shortener was."
The Syrian group also indicated it took over a Gmail account from Obama`s campaign and a page from that website.