A group of hackers calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army briefly took over the Baltimore Sun’s website yesterday, along with a host of other sites including the Chicago Tribune, Harvard University, National Geographic, Red Bull, and UNICEF.
This isn’t the first time the SEA has taken over major media sites. Over the past year or so, they’ve hacked Twitter, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among many, many others. The SEA apparently accessed the sites through Gigya, a popular commenting platform.
The group, which is loosely affiliated with pro-Assad factions, doesn’t seem to actually do very much other than leave “haha we were here”-style messages. No user data seems to have been exposed in this most recent hack, which only lasted a couple of hours. Still, it’s disconcerting how easily this group can disrupt web traffic.
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