Syrian Electronic Army alters DNS info of news sites, Twitter

Rappler.com

SYRIAN ELECTRONIC ARMY. The Syrian electronic Army has reportedly altered the WHOIS and DNS data for a number of sites.

At least three websites – Twitter, The New York Times, and Huffington Post UK – have reportedly had their registry account details and DNS records altered. The name servers, the computer servers that help create recognizable identifiers for the numeric IP addresses of websites, of The New York Times was first hit. This was apparently followed by an attack on Twitter. Twitter appeared to be less affected, though it has said that it is looking into the claims that the Syrian Electronic Army compromised the service. The newspaper’s main Twitter account said shortly after 2000 GMT that the website “is experiencing technical difficulties” but that news was still being published via Twitter and other links. Matt Johansen of WhiteHat Security said in a tweet that the technical aspects of the website during the outage were “pointing to Syrian Electronic Army.”

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