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Hackers use new tactic to attack US media sites

Hackers use new tactic to attack US media sites

Hackers promoting the Syrian Electronic Army simultaneously targeted websites belonging to CNN, Time and the Washington Post last month by breaching Outbrain, a firm that publishes content recommendations on those publishes content recommendations on those sites. This resulted in some WashingtonPost.com and Time.com customers being redirected to the website of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) when they clicked on the content from Outbrain, said the firm’s Vice President, Lisa LaCour. The CNN International site briefly displayed a headline that said “Hacked by SEA”. This online group supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and has been linked to several high-profile attacks, including the Associated Press’ Twitter feed, which was rigged to send a bogus message about explosions at the White House. The latest attacks are significant because the hackers targeted several sites by breaching a single supplier whose content is published on multiple platforms.

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