Syrian Electronic Army defaces Viber support site

Pro-Assad cyber group alleges spying, tracking from ‘Israeli’ VoIP app

Tags: Cyber crimeSyriaViber (www.viber.com)
  • E-Mail
Syrian Electronic Army defaces Viber support site Viber insisted no sensitive systems were compromised.
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 24, 2013

The hacker group calling itself Syrian Electronic Army, yesterday claimed to have breached and defaced Viber’s support sub domain, support.viber.com, according to thehackernews.com.

The pro-Assad group left a message: “Dear All Viber Users, The Israeli-based ‘Viber’ is spying and tracking you. We weren’t able to hack all Viber systems, but most of it is designed for spying and tracking.” The SEA also left a screenshot of what it claimed was a hacked database.

Online media, including CNET and TechCrunch independently reported that a "Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army" banner replaced Viber’s support page along with the message alleging Viber’s Israeli affiliation.

Viber Media, the company behind the VoIP and messaging app, was founded by American Israeli Talmon Marco and is primarily based in Cyprus, although it has operations in Belarus and Israel.

The tool is currently blocked in many Gulf countries, including UAE and Saudi.

"Today the Viber Support site was defaced after a Viber employee unfortunately fell victim to an email phishing attack," Viber told TechCrunch.

"The phishing attack allowed access to two minor systems: a customer support panel and a support administration system. Information from one of these systems was posted on the defaced page."

The pro-government Syrian Electronic Army has attacked a number of organisations this year, including the websites of several media organisations such as the Associated Press, The Guardian newspaper and the BBC.

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code