Syrian Electronic Army Hackers Hijack New York Times Website

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 07:15 AM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Syrian Electronic Army hijacked the New York Times website on Tuesday in a "malicious" cyber attack that brought down the media giant for the second time in two weeks.

The pro-Syrian hacker group also fiddled with Twitter.com's information on the site Whois.DomainTools.com, a domain name registration database, which resulted in intermittent problems with the social networking site on Tuesday.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

It started with an SEA tweet claiming that the hacker collective was taking over various media organizations.


First, the group appeared to have broken into the domain registry for Twitter.com and changed all the owner information to the Syrian Electronic Army.


Then the Times site blacked out.


"The New York Times website was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon following an attack on the company's domain name registrar, Melbourne IT," the Times said in a statement. "The attack also required employees of The Times to stop sending out sensitive e-mails. The Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker collective that supports the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, is believed to have attacked the sites or social media accounts of several prominent media organizations."

An unknown person reportedly used a stolen ID and password to hack Melbourne IT's portal and access client domain names, including the Times and Twitter, ABC News reported.  

"We are currently reviewing our logs to see if we can obtain information on the identity of the party that has used the reseller credentials, and we will share this information with the reseller and any relevant law enforcement bodies," Melbourne IT said in a statement. "We will also review additional layers of security that we can add to our reseller accounts."

Twitter was fully restored Tuesday after about two hours but the Times website remained down on Wednesday. The news organization experienced a similar outage Aug. 14, but claimed it was having server problems.

Despite the SEA's online threat, the Huffington Post UK seemed to be functioning normally all day on Tuesday.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

Related stories:

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Onion's Twitter Account

New York Times Hacked? Apparent Cyberattack Takes Down Website

Hackers seize AP Twitter Account; False Tweet Sends Markets in Brief Plunge  

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved