Cyber terrorism (When technology become Weapon)


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The world is a very large place, but it is getting smaller, thanks to the advent of computers and Information Technology. However, the progress that we've made in these fields also has a dark side, in that a new terrorist tactic, commonly called Cyberterrorism has developed. The old, conventional methods of assassination and hostage taking are slowly fading, as terrorists head towards the Internet to pull their stunts.

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Cyber terrorism (When technology become Weapon)

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  6. 6. Syrian Electronic Army (Hackers Group) • The SEA claims responsibility for defacing or otherwise compromising hundreds of websites that it contends spread news hostile to the Syrian government. These include news websites such as BBC News, the Associated Press, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph,[11] The Washington Post,[12] Syrian satellite broadcaster Orient TV, and Dubai- based al-Arabia TV,[5] as well as rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch.[13] Other SEA targets include VoIP apps, such as Viber, and Tango.
  7. 7. Cyber Attacks • July 2011: University of California Los Angeles website defaced by SEA hacker "The Pro".[19] • September 2011: Harvard University website defaced in what was called the work of a "sophisticated group or individual". The Harvard homepage was replaced with an image of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, with a message saying "Syrian Electronic Army Were Here".[20] • April 2012: The Syrian Electronic Army took down the official blog of social media website LinkedIn. The page was redirected instead to a site supporting Bashar al-Assad.[21] • August 2012: The Twitter account of the Reuters news agency was hacked by the SEA. 22 tweets were sent with false information on the conflict in Syria. In addition, the Reuters news website was compromised, and a false report was posted about to a Reuters journalist's blog.[22] • 23 April 2013: The SEA hijacked the Associated Press Twitter account and falsely claimed the White House had been bombed and President Barack Obama injured.
  8. 8. Cont.. • May 2013: The Twitter account of The Onion was compromised by the SEA, by phishing Google Apps accounts of The Onion's employees.[18] • May 2013: The ITV news London Twitter account was hacked on the 24th May 2013 by the SEA. The Android applications of British Broadcaster Sky News were also hacked on 26 May 2013 on Google Play Store. • 17 July 2013, Truecaller servers were allegedly hacked into by the Syrian Electronic Army.[23] The group claimed on its twitter handle to have recovered 459 GiBs of database, primarily due to an older version of Wordpress installed on the servers. The hackers also released TrueCaller's alleged database host ID, username, and password via another tweet.[24] On 18 July 2013, Truecaller issued a statement on its blog stating that their servers were indeed hacked, but claiming that the attack did not disclose any passwords or credit card information.[25] • 23 July 2013: Viber servers were allegedly hacked into by SEA as well. The Viber support website was replaced with a message and a supposed screenshot of data that was obtained during the intrusion.[26][27][28] • 27 August 2013: has its DNS redirected to a page that displays the message "Hacked by SEA" and Twitter's domain registrar was changed[30] BACK
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