Pro-Assad Syrians Try to Teach Americans a Lesson…Hack into Sites of Betty Crocker, NHL and Association of Surfing Professionals

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers aligned with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has struck again at websites in the United States.

Take that, Betty Crocker.


The SEA hacked its way into more than 80 sites on Thanksgiving. The victims ranged from dessert makers (Betty Crocker) to surfers (ASP World Tour) to hockey (NHL) to newspapers (Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, the British Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard and Independent, among others).


Some television news networks also were subjected to the intrusion, including the Canadian Broadcasting Network and NBC. Dell, Ferrari, National Geographic and Verizon Wireless were also among those attacked.


The hackers left behind a pop-up screen that informed visitors to the websites that read: “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).”


The Chicago Tribune’s Jim Dallke reported that “most of the affected sites were up and running again in an hour” and that none had data that was compromised.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Chicago Tribune and Other Media Sites Reportedly Hacked on Thanksgiving (by Jim Dallke, Chicago Tribune)

Syrian Hackers Subvert Ad Network (by Mathew J. Schwartz, GovInfoSecurity)


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