Syrian Electronic Army, a notorious hacker group which is supposed to be aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is again making news and getting media attention by hacking a number of UK based popular media websites and displayed a Thanksgiving popups displaying them that they’ve been hacked.
The London Evening Standard, The Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, PC World, broadcaster CNBC and the US National Hockey League were among those popular media websites affected by the hacker group.
This time they targeted a third-party widget that is used by all those media websites. According to the report that the Syrian Electronic Army found a way into domain registrar GoDaddy to compromise DNS records for the Gigya, a customer identity management platform used by all the media websites.
Gigya said in a statement to El Reg that “Some calls to Gigya domains were redirected to the hackers site or showed a hacking message to end users”. “It might take some time until the changes propagate to all users. We have worked with GoDaddy to resolve the issue and the redirection was removed.”
A Twitter account linked to the Syrian Electronic Army group claimed responsibility for hacking US based Global media organizations, appearing to link it to ISIS a reference to the Islamic State terrorist organization, which is fighting against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
“Happy thanksgiving, hope you didn’t miss us! The press: Please don’t pretend #ISIS are civilians. #SEA,” said a message posted by the group to a Twitter feed.
The Syrian Electronic Army group is the same notorious hackers group popular for its advance phishing attack and using the same advanced technique they also hacked into the Official Twitter accounts of Microsoft News, Xbox Support, Skype.