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This article was published on November 27, 2014

    The Independent and other sites ‘hacked’ by the Syrian Electronic Army

    The Independent and other sites ‘hacked’ by the Syrian Electronic Army
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    Mic Wright

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    Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

    The Independent and Telegraph as well as the CNBC website have been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). Twitter users have suggested other sites including PC World,  Forbes, OK Magazine, the NHL, Elsevier and Dell’s UK site have also been affected.

    Pop ups reading “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)” appeared on both sites at around midday GMT.  The pro-Assad group has previously been involved in attacks on Facebook, high-profile Twitter accounts and deploying malware.

    The Independent tweeted acknowledging the attack but noted that not all its visitors have been affected:

    The Telegraph tweeted acknowledging the attack and blaming it on an unnamed third-party service:

    The spread of the sites affected suggests an attack on an ad network could be to blame.

    UpdateThe Independent reports that the sites affected were using the Gigya comment platform. While Gigya itself was not hacked, the SEA hijacked its DNS entry and used it to point to messages and images hosted on other websites.

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    The Independent  [via Business Insider]