Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Syrian Army/Government Hacks The NY Times

Yesterday, August 27, 2013, around 3:00pm, the Syrian army used DNS to hack The New York Times webpage, and they posted propaganda on the site instead. Ever since the Syrian's take over the NY Times' page has been down, only working properly for just a few times, but otherwise it remains unavailable. In the meantime, you can view their website by using The New York Times' IP Address: 170.149.168.130, but this only allows a limited view of the page; functionalities like images and links do not operate. The NY Times conveniently provided this IP on their Twitter account. To keep up-to-date, please check out their Twitter or just grab a copy of their printed newspaper!

So here are some questions to raise: Will there be any consequences for the Syrians? How secure is DNS (Domain Name Service)? How can we prevent cyber attacks such as these from happening in the future?