Syrian Electronic Army hacks Twitter, NYT

Hacktivist group, loyal to Syria’s government have breached various media outlets in previous attacks

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks Twitter, NYT The Syrian Electronic Army hacked into both Twitter and the New York Times earlier this week.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 29, 2013

The New York Times, Twitter, the Huffington Post, and other media outlets lost control of some of their websites this week after hacktivist group, the Syrian Electronic Army breached the Australian Internet company that manages many major site addresses, according to Reuters.

Supporting the Syrian government, the Syrian Electronic Army has attacked media organisations it considers hostile to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, claimed credit for the Twitter and Huffington Post hacks in a series of Twitter messages.

Security experts told Reuters that electronic records showed that NYTimes.com, the only site with an hours-long outage, redirected visitors to a server controlled by the Syrian group before it went dark.

The Huffington Post attack was limited to the blogging platform's British web address. Twitter said the hack led to availability issues for 90 minutes but that no user information was compromised.

The attacks came as the Obama administration considers taking military action against the Syrian government, currently engaged in a bitter civil war with multiple rebel factions.

In August, hackers promoting the Syrian Electronic Army targeted websites belonging to CNN, Time and the Washington Post by breaching a third party service used by those sites.

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