Syrian Electronic Army attacks New York Times

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

On Tuesday, the New York Times website was hacked by what seems to be Syrian forces. Evidence of the attack can be tracked through the domain name system (DNS), which is basically an internet phonebook that lets computers know how they can reach certain sites. The DNS for the New York Times was pointing to companies in Moscow, Russia and Syria. A security expert from Sophos, Chester Wisniewski, confirmed that the name servers are ones controlled by the Syrian Electronic Army, a group of pro-government hackers loyal to president Bashar al-Assad. Given recent events with the US planning a strike on Syria, the motives of the hackers seem pretty clear. In an e-mail, Wizniewski said, “Depending on where you are in the world visitors to the Times are being redirected to servers in Syria that appear to be operated by the Syrian Electronic Army, a group infamous for attacking Western media organizations.”

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