After creating confusion over the hacking activities of major media houses for quite some time, Syrian Electronic Army has now taken responsibility for attacking The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Twitter UK. SEA is said to have breached the security details of the Australian internet company, Melbourne IT, which manages these major web addresses.
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"Media is going down.... | http://nytimes.com | http://huffingtonpost.co.uk | http://whois.domaintools.com/huffingtonpost.co.uk ... |http://whois.domaintools.com/nytimes.com," tweeted Syrian Electronic Army.
NYT has faced such intrusion for the second time in a span of a month.
Melbourne IT has reportedly been taking steps to fix the problem once it became aware of the attack. The company also declared that the identification (username and password) of one of the resellers were used to access Melbourne IT's systems.
"We're currently working with them to work out where the vulnerability is," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Theo Hnarakis, chief executive of Melbourne IT. "We don't know if it happened through our systems or the reseller's systems."
He mentioned that to protect the websites from such malicious attacks he did warn them to adopt registry "locks" for a very small payment but none of the websites bothered.
The New York Times posted that the registrar itself was attacked. Marc Frons, chief information officer for The New York Times Company released a statement warning the employees that the website was under a "malicious external attack." He also advised the employees to "be careful when sending e-mail communications until this situation has resolved."
Users started to send out complaints about the website not responding, after which The New York Times apologied for the issue. "The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We are working on fully restoring the site," the brand tweeted.
The Syrian Electronic Army also claimed responsibility for hacking into Twitter's domain name registry records, tweeting that they now "owned" Twitter's domain. "Hi @Twitter, look at your domain, its owned by #SEA :) http://whois.domaintools.com/twitter.com pic.twitter.com/ck7brWtUhK," tweeted SEA.
The pro-Assad group has had a grudge against Twitter for removing its account and had even warned the micro blogging site about the attack.
SEA also hacked the website of UK based media organisation The
The Electronic Army has been in news for quite some time now. The group was involved in hacking numerous high profile websites such as CNN, Time and the Washington Post. The group also attacked The Daily Dot's website along with taking control over the data of some of the online applications such as Viber, Truecaller and Tango.
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