Syrian Electronic Army hacks major media outlets
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 19:08
The New York Times website was hacked yesterday by a pro-Syrian group called the Syrian Electronic Army. The Times’ chief information officer Marc Frons issued a statement to employees warning that the disruption was “the result of a malicious external attack.”
The website is officially back up today, but Frons is not taking the hijack lightly.
“In terms of the sophistication of the attack, this is a big deal,” Frons said in a NY Times article. “It’s sort of like breaking into the local savings and loan versus breaking into Fort Knox. A domain registrar should have extremely tight security because they are holding the security to hundreds if not thousands of Web sites.”
The NY Times was not the only website targeted yesterday. The Huffington Post and Twitter were also hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. The group’s mission, according to the NY Times, is to counter the negative media coverage of the Syrian government.