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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., 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 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 Reclaimer77 on 8/28/2013 3:02:23 PM , Rating: 2
Imagine how truly powerful and self reliant we would be if we took half of the military budget to promote sicence, education, and industry.

Still horribly in debt and bleeding cash?

We could take the ENTIRE Department of Defense budget and still have nearly a trillion dollar deficit, per year, at current spending levels.

Also your post is a bit too simple. Because a significant portion of the military budget DOES go to science, education, and industry. Hell most of the advancements we enjoy on a daily basis has come to us via some form of military spending or research.

a government loan started Tesla off and now look where they are.

Hovering near bankruptcy using GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles). Producing a single vehicle type that doesn't suit everyones needs, as is basically a toy for rich boys.

Yeah I'm so glad the Government spent money on such a worthy endeavor. We're saved!

RE: This is what happens...
By bah12 on 8/29/2013 12:42:42 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention what the unemployment rate would look like when you fire all the soldiers (about 1.5 million), and all the defense contractors, and all the other civilian entities that work benefit and therefore hire people because of the armed forces.

Anti-military people are quick to point out the high expense, but fail to realise the VERY large impact it would have to GDP, and unemployment.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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