Sky's Apps Have Been Hacked and Are Off Google Play

By Lily Newman on at

The British Sky Broadcasting Group has removed its Android apps (Sky News, Sky Go, Sky+ and Sky Wi-Fi) from Google Play because of concerns that the Syrian Electronic Army has hacked the apps. Hackers posing as Sky even advised users to delete the apps on Twitter.

The Syrian Electronic Army often targets news organisations like BBC, CBS, Associated Press and even The Onion, but seems to prefer spreading rumours and propaganda to malware. Still, without further information about the hack it makes sense to be cautious. [The Verge, The Next Web]

Update: We've received a statement from Sky:

‘Several of Sky’s Android apps have been temporarily removed from the Google play store after app pages were defaced early on Sunday morning.  We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused to Sky customers wanting to download our Android apps and are working hard to make these apps available again as soon as possible. Sky Android apps that Sky customers have previously downloaded should continue to work as normal, so there is no need for customers to remove these apps from their Android device.’