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New York Times Site Is Disrupted in Attack by Hackers (NYT)
The New York Times‘ website was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon after an online attack on the company’s domain name registrar. The attack also forced employees of the Times to take care in sending emails. The hacking was just the latest of a major media organization, with The Financial Times and The Washington Post also having their operations disrupted within the last few months. It was also the second time in August that the website of The New York Times was unavailable for several hours. The Atlantic Wire The attackers have been acknowledged by the Times to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a roguish collective sympathetic to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. TechCrunch Once the SEA had gained access to registry records, it was able to change both contact details and domain name servers. Now, the SEA is claiming access to a variety of international Twitter domains. A Twitter representative told TechCrunch that the company was “looking into” the possibility that the SEA had changed DNS records. The Next Web Statements to The Next Web from Melbourne IT explain that the SEA was able to enter its IT system by using a reseller’s username and password. Once inside Melbourne IT’s system, the group had access to a range of data and information. It presumably knew exactly what it was looking for and proceeded to change the DNS records of “several domain names,” Melbourne IT says, one of which was nytimes.com. FishbowlNY About two weeks ago, NYTimes.com went dark due to what a spokesperson called “a scheduled maintenance update.”

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The Washington Post Affected by Syrian Electronic Army Hack (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
The Washington Post and several other media websites were hacked on Thursday — sort of. The popular link referral service Outbrain (which TheWrap also uses) was infiltrated by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), causing its links to go to SEA websites. This was the second major hack by the SEA in the past three days. Though The Washington Post reported that it was hacked, that appears not to be exactly accurate — the SEA provided screenshots of its work to E Hacking News showing that it was actually Outbrain that was compromised. NYT A spokeswoman for Time, Jane Lehman, said the company’s sites were not hacked and the security was not compromised. “The content on some of our sites provided by Outbrain was impacted by the hacking activity at Outbrain,” she said. CNN also said its sites were not directly penetrated. “The security of a vendor plug-in that appeared on CNNi.com was briefly compromised,” it said in a statement. “The issue was quickly identified and plug-in disabled.” The Washington Post / Ask The Post Washington Post managing editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz: “A few days ago, the Syrian Electronic Army, allegedly, subjected Post newsroom employees to a sophisticated phishing attack to gain password information. The attack resulted in one staff writer’s personal Twitter account being used to send out a Syrian Electronic Army message.” HuffPost The SEA has gone after many media organizations, including the Financial Times, Reuters and ITV News. Most notably, it sent out a false tweet from the account of the Associated Press, saying that there had been an attack on the White House. The stock market briefly plummeted before the tweet was confirmed to be fake.

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Hackers in China Have Been Attacking The New York Times Since October

When the editors at The New York Times delivered the well-reported piece exposing the extreme wealth of China’s prime minister, they probably weren’t that surprised when China blocked the online version of the piece. However, since then, hackers in China have been infiltrating the Times’ computers, gathering emails and passwords. This is a high tech spy story for the ages.

During the digital attack, the hackers installed malicious maleware that allowed them to gain entry to any Times computer. The hackers stole every Times employee corporate password and used this inforamtion to gain access to 53 personal computers. The Times says no customer information was accessed. The hackers tried to hide what they were doing, but the Times caught on:

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