Syrian Electronic Army posts hacking message on several news sites

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‘Happy Thanksgiving!’ Syrian Electronic Army ‘hack mayhem’ hits Western media sites.

The websites of several British media organisations have been hacked in a suspected coordinated attack by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “A part of our website run by a third-party was compromised earlier today,” the Telegraph said on its official Twitter feed. “We’ve removed the component. According to reports from users on Twitter the affected sites included those of CNBC, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, OK magazine, the Evening Standard, PCWorld, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent. The breach came via a third-party software service provided by Gigya Inc., which, according to its website, offers social sharing and data tracking tools to about 700 Web publishers.

SEA does not appear to have actually hacked the affected websites directly, but instead pulled off the attack through Gigya, a customer identity management platform used by a large number of brands. The Independent later reported that the hackers attacked the Gigya DNS entry at GoDaddy – a domain registrar that manages domain names, but “the Gigya platform itself was not hacked.” The SEA has engaged in a number of operations in recent months against Western media websites, and is perhaps best known for claiming to have compromised the Twitter account of the Associated Press last year. The group posted a screen shot on Twitter from inside the control panel for the domain at GoDaddy, suggesting that they had control over the account. The hackers managed to change the DNS (Domain Name System) entries for the Gigya domain, pointing it to messages and images hosted on other servers, reported The Independent, one of the organizations whose website was affected. In January, the SEA gained unauthorized access to social media accounts affiliated with Skype and posted messages critical of the Microsoft-owned product and the US government’s relationship with Silicon Valley.

The group went as far as allegedly penetrating the network of the United States Central Command and hacking into Barack Obama’s Twitter and Facebook.

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