Boston.com among websites pounded by Syrian hacker group

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Boston.com and several other news and sell websites could not be accessed for a time Thursday after a third-party use provider used by a sites was hacked.

A organisation called a Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility, according to a matter from a third-party sever, Gigya. The Syrian Electronic Army supports Syrian boss Bashar Assad and claims to have hacked dozens of websites, such as CNN, Forbes, UNICEF, and Microsoft.

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A post on Gigya’s blog by arch executive Patrick Salyer pronounced a association gifted “sporadic failures” with entrance to a use starting about 6:45 a.m. Thursday. The emanate was mostly resolved by 7:40 a.m.

The association pronounced no user information had been compromised.

“To be positively clear: Neither Gigya’s height itself nor any user, administrator, or operational information has been compromised and was never during risk of being compromised,” Salyer said.

When users accessed a influenced websites Thanksgiving morning, they were greeted by a pop-up that read, “You’ve been hacked by a Syrian Electronic Army (SEA),” and afterwards were redirected to an picture of a group’s logo, according to an essay on Boston.com.

Boston.com emissary editor Hilary Sargent pronounced she was not wakeful of a site formerly being influenced by such an episode.

The hackers took control of Gigya’s domain name and altered a settings to approach users to another website, Salyer said.

Several influenced companies, including Office Depot, a New York Daily News, a Dallas Morning News, and Boston.com reliable that they had been affected. Others, such as Microsoft, pronounced they were not wakeful of any problem with their website, notwithstanding a Syrian Electronic Army’s claims.

The Syrian Electronic Army says on a website it was shaped by “a organisation of immature Syrians not belonging to any domestic entity” to take on “the beginning of safeguarding a homeland and ancillary a reforms of President Bashar al-Assad, who we see as a right choice for a aspirations as youth.”

Salyer pronounced Gigya has “the top levels of confidence around a use and user data” and that a association has “put additional measures in place to strengthen opposite this form of conflict in a future.”

In October, a Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s website was hacked by an nonconformist organisation 3 times in dual days. Those perplexing to use a site were redirected to a print of what seemed to be a soldier’s grave, with Arabic essay underneath a photo.

The academy’s president, Rear Admiral Richard Gurnon, called a penetrate a “case of mistaken identity,” observant a website could be mistaken for a Naval Academy’s by someone who doesn’t pronounce English well.

The Maritime Academy’s site was taken offline until a emanate was resolved.

The Syrian Electronic Army does not explain to have any connection with extemists.

Trisha Thadani can be reached during trisha.thadani@globe.com. Kiera Blessing can be reached during kiera.blessing@globe.com.

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