Friday, 28 November 2014

THEY ARE NEARER THAN YOU THINK

Even in Middle England I just found one

I was looking something up on the Internet yesterday, and Google tried to link me to a page in the Independent newspaper.

Click – and the screen went blank, showing only a bare pop-up:
The page at www.independent.co uk says
You've been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)

Er... that was that. I gingerly closed the page, checked around, and found no  apparent harm done (I do hope that I was right!)

A quick search, however, found some very fresh news items, for example:
So, be reassured, for the time being, anyway. 

If you meet one of of these gentle bugs, just close it and forget it – and, having been reminded in the comfort of your own home that the troubles of the world are now like so many other things, globalised business  wonder what 'they' might be potentially able to do next time.

References

(2014) Syrian electronic army 'hacks' Independent, OK Magazine and NHL, Guardian, 27 November  


(2014) Syrian Electronic Army 'hack' impacts websites worldwide, WRAL.com, 27 November 

1 comment:

  1. This morning sees a flurry of attention to SEA in the world's press. Amongst this, the Washington Post attempts to put it in perspective, and plays it cool:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/11/27/the-syrian-electronic-army-has-returned-and-they-look-less-threatening-than-ever/

    Let's hope that this is right. But the basic niggle remains: What next? And its corollary: Who from?

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