Friday, August 16, 2013

Pro-Assad Launch Cyber Attacks Against U.S. News Media Sites

Washington Post, CNN And Time Websites Hit By Pro-Assad Hackers -- BBC

Websites belonging to the Washington Post, CNN, and Time have been attacked by supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Some links on the sites were redirecting readers to the website of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).

The breaches have been blamed on a third-party link recommendation service that all three sites used.

The SEA has hit several media companies in recent months, mostly via social media.

In this attack, the group was able to manipulate links served by content recommendation service Outbrain, which was taken offline.

The firm blogged: "We are aware that Outbrain was hacked earlier today and we took down service as soon as it was apparent.

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More News On U.S. Media Sites Being Attacked By Pro-Assad Hackers

Syrian Hackers Use Outbrain to Target The Washington Post, Time, and CNN -- Atlantic Wire
News links on Washington Post, Time and CNN hacked -- CNN
Syrian Electronic Army hacks Washington Post Web site -- Washington post
CNN And Time Websites Also Hit By Syrian Cyber Attack -- RedOrbit
Hackers use new tactic to attack U.S. media sites -- Reuters
Assad supporters hack Outbrain, a content-recommendation service -- Christian Science Monitor
Hacking assaults on media sites intensify -- USA Today
First Take: Why big media is ripe for hacking -- Byron Acohido, USA TODAY
Syrian Electronic Army Leader Says the Hacks Won’t Stop -- Daily Beast

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