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The Code War

Syrian Electronic Army Hacked Domain Name Servers Of Twitter And New York Times

As a Western alliance decides whether to intervene following the alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime on its own citizens, the Syrian Electronic Army has been busy hacking the DNS of Twitter and the New York Times.

Syrian Electronic Army Hacked Domain Name Servers Of Twitter And New York Times

The Syrian Electronic Army has hacked into domain name servers belonging to Twitter, while simultaneously attacking those belonging to both the New York Times and the Huffington Post's U.K. site. The attacks, which happened around 5 p.m. ET yesterday, altered contact details and DNS records, which enabled the hackers to send visitors to the compromised sites to anywhere on the web they wanted.

The first anyone knew about it was when the SEA posted an image on its Twitter feed.

In a connected attack, the New York Times' website is currently down, due to an "external attack," as the company put it—although you can get at the site here. The Times confirmed that the breach occurred, as with Twitter, via registrar firm Melbourne IT, that the hackers subjected to a phishing attack and which put out a statement confirming as much.

Despite the hackers gaining a toehold in Twitter's DNS records, users of the 140-character blogging service shouldn't worry about their personal information being compromised: There was no data leak, the firm said last night. Twitter is said to be testing two-step authorization in an attempt to keep hackers at bay—not that it would have made any difference, given that this breach happened courtesy of a third party.

[Image: Flickr user LongitudeLatitude]