Twitter and NYT faced with DNS hacks Syrian Electronic Army




Twitter and The New York Times on Tuesday faced several hours of hacking attacks from a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army. The hackers managed more than once to adjust via an Australian registrar. In the dns settings of the sites

Tuesday was the domain name server of Twitter, the graphics service Twitter Twimg and the New York Times to be and, allowing users were piped to a Russian host known as a source for malware. adapted After the administrators dns settings adapted again to the correct server, resulted in a cat and mouse game with the hackers, the names over and over again and were adjusted again. The attack was claimed by the SEA.

The two domain names used both the Australian Melbourne IT as registrar. A spokesman for the company confirmed to the Australian Financial Review that the servers were invaded. The hackers would have a reseller account used to gain access after they were given the option to adjust the settings. Maximum of nine domain names Besides Twitter and the New York Times, the Huffington Post also faced with problems, while the other sites by Melbourne IT were less familiar or had extra security. The company would have quickly unauthorized access undone and will now examine the logs for the exact details. Dnssec would not have helped against the attack, but according to CloudFlare would have a registry lock problems do occur.

The SEA is a movement that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad supports. The group appeared in 2011 for the first time, when the uprising began in Syria, writes the New York Times. The hackers then placed pro-Assad comments on popular Facebook accounts like those of U.S. President Obama. In the following years, founded the SEA is to hack actions on sites of major media companies such as the Washington Post, BBC, Al Jazeera, Daily Telegraph, Associated Press and the Financial Times.


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