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Syrian Electronic Army puts its stamp on Mark Monitor

Draws Facebook, Yahoo and Amazon into its web
Thu Feb 06 2014, 12:53
Security threats - password theft

HACKTIVIST OUTFIT the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has been back at it and has posted screenshots of an apparently hacked Mark Monitor console.

Caught up in this, it said, are firms including Facebook, Yahoo and Amazon. The SEA posted a screenshot to its Twitter page on Wednesday evening.

A few screens followed, including one that seemed to show that the Facebook domain had been surrendered to it. There, we read that the domain is registered in Damascus, Syria and that the associated email contact belongs to a .sy account. The hackers also wished the website a happy birthday.

In later tweets the hacktivists put out messages aimed at other firms including Yahoo and Google, and suggested that it might also be able to access those companies' accounts.

According to the SEA Mark Monitor took its management portal offline after discovering the attack. A check on the firms and the relevant Whois information suggests that everything has returned to normal.

Returning to normal for the Syrian Electronic Army will mean more of the same, It has steadily carved out a role as an attacker of high profile websites and seems to be able to deface them all through a variety of means.

Most common is a combination of phishing and social engineering. This cocktail of approaches has led to successful takeovers of websites belonging to organisations as diverse as Microsoft and the BBC.

Last summer the SEA made its way into websites belonging to the New York Times and Twitter thanks to a successful attack on Australian internet registrar Melbourne IT. Then domain names were redirected to servers at that were hosted in Russia. µ


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