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  (Source: bloomberg.com)
Both domains have been restored and protected

A Syrian hacker group temporarily took over the websites of media companies like The New York Times and Twitter as a response to the U.S.' recent consideration of military action against the Syrian government.

The attacks were launched by The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), which openly took credit for the hacks. The group reportedly wasn't looking to obtain information or infect end users, since the hacks only redirected traffic to a server controlled by the Syrian group.
 
Twitter.com, NYTimes.com and The Huffington Post's British web address were the targets. 

The SEA was able to access these sites through Australian Internet service provider MelbourneIT, which manages domain names (including Twitter.com and NYTimes).

MelbourneIT tracked the breach to an Indian Internet service provider. Two staff members from one of their resellers reportedly opened a fake email looking to obtain login details. 

According to Reuters, the hackers grabbed a hold of one staff member's email, which contained the login and password information of The New York Times. 

While other media companies were attacked as well, the efforts were unsuccessful thanks to the use of registry locks. 

MelbourneIT said it restored the correct domain name settings, changed the password on the account and locked the records.

This isn't the first time the Syrian groups attacked media sites. Hackers promoting the SEA targeted websites like CNN, Time and The Washington Post back in August by breaching a third party service that these sites use. 

In August 2012, Reuters' blog was hacked and fake statements about Syria were posted. The report said the hackers were looking to spread negative misinformation about the freedom fighters actively rebelling against the country's despotic regime.

Reports believe the most recent hacks by the SEA have something to do with the Obama administration's possible decision to take military action against the government of Syria. 

Source: Reuters



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RE: This is what happens...
By edge929 on 8/28/2013 12:03:18 PM , Rating: 3
Many Americans, including myself, would choose to let the rest of the world tear itself apart instead of our usual policing policies. We only seem to get negative reactions from trying to "help". On the other hand, if I lived in a country that was constantly fighting, I wouldn't mind a foreign, powerful military coming in to stop the killing of civilians. No good deed goes unpunished.


RE: This is what happens...
By Samus on 8/28/2013 1:19:01 PM , Rating: 3
I think how we are proceeding with Syria is appropriate. No ground force, just targeted airstrikes at weapon caches and financial sanctions. It won't stop the war over there, but it will reduce killings of civilians en mass.


RE: This is what happens...
By Reclaimer77 on 8/28/2013 2:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think how we are proceeding with Syria is appropriate. No ground force, just targeted airstrikes at weapon caches and financial sanctions. It won't stop the war over there, but it will reduce killings of civilians en mass.


It's half-assed. Obama wants to have his cake and eat it too. If you "warmonger" with drones and cruise missiles, well that's okay. If you use troops, well then you might look like a hypocritical Bush-basher. We can't have that.

Using destroyers to fire a bunch of cruise missiles makes for a nice show of force and looks good on the news. But it's not going to force a resolution in this sort of conflict.


RE: This is what happens...
By Ammohunt on 8/28/2013 1:25:37 PM , Rating: 2
Especially in Syria remind me again what our interests are there outside of protecting allies and helping them feed and house the Syria refugees that is. Arab spring = Arab murdering spree.


RE: This is what happens...
By Shadowmaster625 on 8/28/2013 1:55:22 PM , Rating: 2
The world generally doesnt "tear itself apart". The vast majority of violent death in the last century has been at the hands of governments, usually accompanied by a propaganda campaign to sell it to the people, including the use of false flag attacks, patsies, and the rest of it.


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