Hacker group the Syrian Electronic Army “took over” the domain name of Twitter yesterday as it unleashed a series of cyber attacks on news organisations.

The group, which supports the regime of President Assad, also claimed successful attacks on the New York Times and Huffington Post on Tuesday.

Last night, Twitter’s status blog confirmed that its “DNS (domain name system) provider experienced an issue in which it appears DNS records for various organisations were modified, including one of Twitter’s domains used for image serving”.

The SEA’s own Twitter feed warned of the attacks by posting a message saying “Media is going down”.

According to The Independent, the New York Times confirmed that its site was disrupted by a “malicious external attack”, which briefly caused visitors to get error messages when accessing web pages.

A hacker purporting to be from the SEA told Associated Press that the attacks came about after the group hijacked an Australian-based company called Melbourne IT which registered domain names for both Twitter and the New York Times.

“I can’t say how, but yes we did hit Melbourne IT,” the hacker told AP.

The SEA has undertaken a series of attacks on the websites or Twitter accounts of western media organisations in recent months. These include the BBC, The Guardian, Sky News, the Financial Times and the Washington Post.

Source: PressGazette.co.uk



3 x Dell X3366 FTLF8519P2BNL Fiber Channel 1000Base-SX Module picture
3 x Dell X3366 FTLF8519P2BNL Fiber Channel 1000Base-SX Module
$5.0


Avaya POE ITE Power Supply Model PW130 Adapter VOIP USED TESTED  picture
Avaya POE ITE Power Supply Model PW130 Adapter VOIP USED TESTED
$5.35


Nortel 2382 Avaya 2300 WSS 2 SFP 32 AP 802.11a/b/g picture
Nortel 2382 Avaya 2300 WSS 2 SFP 32 AP 802.11a/b/g
$269.0


Avaya IPO 500 Phone 8 (Analog Ports) picture
Avaya IPO 500 Phone 8 (Analog Ports)
$226.54


Norstar T7316e Telephone Charcoal Avaya Labeled NT8B27JAMAE6 Brand New picture
Norstar T7316e Telephone Charcoal Avaya Labeled NT8B27JAMAE6 Brand New
$79.82


Brand New Avaya 4610sw IP Telephone 700381957  1-YEAR  WARRANTY picture
Brand New Avaya 4610sw IP Telephone 700381957 1-YEAR WARRANTY
$66.0


Avaya Definity 6408D+ Phone Gray I 700258577 I Brand New picture
Avaya Definity 6408D+ Phone Gray I 700258577 I Brand New
$60.0


Brand New Avaya 3302-02G  Definity 6402D Display Telephone picture
Brand New Avaya 3302-02G Definity 6402D Display Telephone
$28.0