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Syrian Electronic Army Hits Financial Times Sites, Feeds

timothy posted about a year ago | from the people's-liberation-front dept.

The Media 24

puddingebola writes with an excerpt from the New York Times: "The Web site and several Twitter accounts belonging to The Financial Times were hacked on Friday by the Syrian Electronic Army in a continuing campaign that has aimed at an array of media outlets ranging from The Associated Press to the parody site The Onion, according to a claim by the so-called army. The Syrian Electronic Army said it seized control of several F.T. Twitter accounts and amended a number of the site's blog posts with the headline 'Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.' Hackers used their access to the F.T.'s Twitter feed to post messages, including one that said, 'Syrian Electronic Army Was Here,' and another that linked to a YouTube video of an execution. Both messages were quickly removed.'"

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Syrian Electronic Army? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43764581)

Why? What do they gain from these hacks?

I have the feeling that this has nothing to do with Syria.

Re:Syrian Electronic Army? (3, Funny)

nospam007 (722110) | about a year ago | (#43764609)

"I have the feeling that this has nothing to do with Syria."

Exactly, they just hate Murdoch like everybody else.

Re:Syrian Electronic Army? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43766197)

Murdoch is only hated by deranged 47%'rs, such as yourself. Oh, and the ignorant Kool Aid drinkers...which you seem to belong to also.

Re:Syrian Electronic Army? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43766243)

AP and Onion 2 sites the Federal Government just loves. Shame on you Syria, next thing you know you will try and manipulate the IRS to attack for you. bastards!

Re:Syrian Electronic Army? (2)

dugancent (2616577) | about a year ago | (#43764677)

About as much as "Anonymous", nothing but bragging rights. It's like tagging a wall in alley.

Re:Syrian Electronic Army? (4, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#43764693)

Why? What do they gain from these hacks?

I have the feeling that this has nothing to do with Syria.

maybe it's just all a big joke? lulzsec for 2013.
well - a joke and a cover story.

so the whole world is after some guys in syria and not some kids in queens. if you're hacking, proxying through syria is a smart move though! they're not going to co-operate with anyone on the matter!

Re:Syrian Electronic Army? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43766055)

>>so the whole world is after some guys in syria and not some kids in queens.
Seems BHO and his admin. are schizophrenic in who they support. In one country they support anti-government Muslim "rebels", and in another country those anti-government Muslim "rebels" they call "terrorists". BHO likely needs notes and teleprompters just to get it "right"!

Re:Syrian Electronic Army? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43766433)

Why the unnecessary Muslim tags? Do you sub-classify people from all parts of the world according to religion, or only "those" people? Careful, your bigotry is starting to show..

Re:Syrian Electronic Army? (2)

Starteck81 (917280) | about a year ago | (#43764907)

Why? What do they gain from these hacks?

I have the feeling that this has nothing to do with Syria.

They really, really, really wanted first post.

Re:Syrian Electronic Army? (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about a year ago | (#43764983)

They have to make up for thinking The Onion was a real news site and hacking it.

They are trying for fame and fortune! (1)

rts008 (812749) | about a year ago | (#43764715) are too late, suckers!

"Kilroy was here."

Re:They are trying for fame and fortune! (4, Insightful)

dmt0 (1295725) | about a year ago | (#43764755)

"Syrian Electronic Army Was Here"

Is that all they've got? I mean last time a twitter account of Associated Press was hacked [] , just one post from it caused a flash crash on the markets with HUGE amounts of money changing hands: []

And these guys are posting "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here"??

Re:They are trying for fame and fortune! (2)

Keith_Beef (166050) | about a year ago | (#43765025)

But doesn't the exchange simply reverse the trades once it is discovered that there was some manipulation like this?

There's little point in trying to push a stock into a nose dive like that. The billions you make will last for seconds before they evaporate.

On the other hand, I see little point to "Syrian Electronic Barmy Army Woz 'Ere" type graffiti

LOLMG Whatever will we do!?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43764747)

The Syrian Army's Skript Kiddie Brigade hacked some weak-passworded Twitter accounts. LOL dems be acts of WAR, yo!

The Onion??? (1)

bobthesungeek76036 (2697689) | about a year ago | (#43764773)

That's just down right cold.

A DoJ Funded and President Supervised Operation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43765741)

The objective is to rat-out a mole within C3I Directorate National Security Council; Bremen is the likely mole sources indicate on anonymity.

A side objective is to sequester SMS, e-mail and telephone records related to 'Benghazi Debacle' and save HillBillie's Ass, a very considerable ass-ignment.

One wonders why the Administrator for IRS, Secretary of the Treasury and all the succulent employees have not been classified and terrorists, Enemy of the State and thus Enemy Combatants ? What they did were acts of terror against USA citizens were they not. So, just applying Obama-boy's standards to him and his kin. Seems fare enough.

The real kicker will come when Obama-boy issues another 'lap-slapper' of an 'Executive Order' in which HE is arrested and rendered to GITMO for torture; maybe visit the CIA's torture 'Hotels' in Syria before the swank digs at GITMO. Hay don't laugh ! A 'suite' at GITMO costs $900,000-plus.

Gota love Obama-boy.

Re:A DoJ Funded and President Supervised Operation (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#43765893)

Lay off the moonshine. That shit's rotted your brain.

Re:A DoJ Funded and President Supervised Operation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43766443)

You are the root cause of all the problems we face in politics. You, sir, not some person you'll never meet that you can dump all of life's problems on. You.

Cyber War! ;) (1)

furbyhater (969847) | about a year ago | (#43766451)

False flag? At least now we know what the governement had in mind with this whole "cyberwar" gibberish and the hiring spree...

How does this happen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43766631)

I mean the shock value of this "hack" amounts to little more than a hot fart in a crowded room, but I ask simply to derive *something* from this story. Could it be little more than weak passwords/lucky guesses at work here, poor security practices on the part of the admins, or is just a few kids in a basement somewhere using common tools?

Syrian Electronic Army (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43766759)

This Syrian Electronic Army - are they the bad guys, or the other bad guys?

Disgusting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43767541)

When will people stop falling for these false flag operations. Israel has no right to exist. Syria is a free nation deserving it's own determination. Cults should not be allowed to steal other peoples land and call it a country, especially when they persecute the previous majority ,denying them human rights.

SEA: Source of Allah's virgins? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43767713)

So this is why Allah has so many virgins ready for those brave martyrs. Probably not what they had in mind.

What's old is new. (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#43768021)

HA ha! Reminds me of back in the 70's and 80's when there weren't any laws about hacking. This is the kind of crap we'd do for some hackish fun between friends. Cracking each other's servers and BBSs, defacing the login page, appending stupid messages for bragging rights "BoardBurner waz Hear!", ANSI bombing the sysop's terminal (remapping all the keys), messing with TradeWars scores, etc. One day you'd be the victim, the next you'd be the victimizer. Hell, the wise guys would "false flag" a crack and claim to have been the clever work of another hacker's handle to deflect blame (and hacks) onto another lamer's systems... create rivalries where there were none, or sew seeds of doubt among alliances. They would usually be sporting and leave some subtle clues so you could tell who it really was -- Why not take the bait though and get 'em both just for good measure? Ah, good ol' days: Back when two "cyber armies" could have pizza and play skeeball with each other and joke about the hacks after the latest round of the "war".

Now you have to be a member of the select few in a Nation's "cyber army" to escape the laws, but it's interesting to see the goings on mirror those same old childish prankish tricks. Script Kiddies and social engineers can pull off the hacks these folks are capable of too, but the laws are more strictly set against them so a smaller percentage of people that are capable actually try their hand at cracking others' systems. The "whitehats" hack indoors, and try not to be disruptive, while the others run amok for fun and profit -- until they get caught. Ah, but if you're doing it for your country, then you don't have to worry about your nation's police force going after you.

We've seen this game play out before, several times, so expect them to get bored with defacing as they mature and if they last long enough some might even start to study some machine level hacks, and become "real" hackers. Eventually they'll learn not to crow like a rooster and strut your skill when you compromise a system, instead you silently take the helm and use the foothold to infiltrate deeper, spreading your web of control as wide as possible to pull strings behind the scenes and gather information about your enemies, and only disrupt the services if it's worth losing the control: once maximum damage can be done, or you think you'll get caught. In a way they've done just that, it's just that the "maximum damage" they were capable of coming up with (mentally?) was to mess with some social feeds and deface some stories...

Oh No! LulzSec Mk.2! Hide your Kids! Hide your Wives! 'Caus They hackin' 'erry body round here!
My only real fear is that when we finally create self aware AI soldiers, we'll have used up all the good names: "Electronic Army", awe, they're not cyborgs?
/me eats popcorn.

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