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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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only a missile hit, and still too late
By toolazy666 on 8/28/2013 8:22:40 PM , Rating: 2
if the US took a stand 2 years ago and fired those missiles, things would have been way different in my country, it's not like the US will pay the costs, probably rich gulf countries will pump all the needed money (they gave Egypt 11Bil $ 3 days after the president was removed)

I do hope the hit will be wide spread, not just 15 missiles and then claim victory like Clinton did with Bin Laden in Afghanistan, better yet I hope someone will make the mistake to target Israel (hezbuallah/Iran/Syria) so the entire thing can escalate...

the only thing that can cleanse Syria now is fire, and then hope that a better thing will rise from the ashes.

By Moishe on 8/30/2013 2:34:52 PM , Rating: 2

The U.S. doesn't need to take a stand in the affairs of other countries. Let them make their own way. There should be no intervention, no missiles, no escalation.

War is generally bad.

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