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Cyber Beat Daily: Syrian Electronic Army Hits NYT, Twitter Through Attack on Domain Registrar + The Day's Top Tech Picks

All it took was for the Syrian Electronic Army to gain access to the user name and password of one of the reseller partners of Melbourne IT, a web hosting and domain registration service. And it was a chain reaction from there.  Once in, according to Melbourne IT, the hacker(s) were able to change the DNS records of several domain names on that reseller account, which included the NY Times. A few tweeted that Twitter also used Melbourne IT.  Twitter indicated that its image server had been impacted; some users trying to access the site for a time saw broken image links, while the NY Times was inaccessible unless visited through the IP address (vs. nytimes.com).  The Huffington Post UK was also said to have been minimally impacted.  We don't know all the details yet on exactly how the Melbourne IT reseller account's credentials were obtained, but the firm said in its statement, "We are currently reviewing our logs to see if we can obtain information on the identity of the party that has used the reseller credentials."  It sounds possible that initial access point could have been the result of social engineering/phishing rather than hacking, or some combination of both. Aug 27, 2013 11:42 PM PT

Cyber Beat Daily: Colin Powell Denies Affair After 'Guccifer' Hack + The Day's Top Tech Picks

The day's top picks in social media and technology for 8/1: hacker Guccifer allegedly posts link to 'very personal' emails of Colin Powell's on Facebook; deadly Facebook feud; Juror guilty of contempt after Facebook post on case; broken-hearted man sells mattress his girlfriend used to cheat on him on Craigslist; police chief urges social media companies to tackle abuse; 'patriot hacker' Jester's site seized by feds...maybe not; hacker's program blocks you from visiting any website that isn't pornography; the FBI crackdown on 'Pressure Cookers' and 'Backpacks' googlers wasn't what was initially reported; Edward Snowden leaves airport after Russia grants temporary asylum; Wisconsin suspect in Koch cyberattack changes plea; Xbox team of troll hunters; video game 'addiction' more likely with Autism, ADHD. Aug 2, 2013 7:18 AM PT

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