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Hackers Controlled The New York Times By Hacking A Website In Australia

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/sea-hack-came-by-way-of-australia-2013-8

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A group claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army was able to take down the New York Times on Tuesday by hacking into a web site in Australia, The New York Times said in a statement.

Apparently, the group gained control of the Times’ domain name registrar, Melbourne IT. A domain name registrar is a site that sells domain names and controls a domain name server (DNS). DNS is the server that sends you to a web page when you type a URL address into your browser, such as nytimes.com.

By hacking into the DNS server, the group could redirect the traffic going to nytimes.com. The Syrian Electronic Army also said it hacked Twitter. Twitter reportedly also uses Melbourne IT.

Moral of the story: When it comes to the Internet, it’s a small world

The SEA claims to be loyal to Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, in the civil war going on in the country. The SEA has previously attacked the BBCNational Public Radio, Human Rights Watch, The Onion and the Financial Times.

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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 news No Comments

The Syrian Electronic Army Just Hacked Another Big Twitter Account

Source: http://gizmodo.com/the-syrian-electronic-army-just-hacked-another-big-twit-956491103

The Syrian Electronic Army Just Hacked Another Big Twitter Account

Even with Twitter adding two-factor authentication, the Thomson Reuters’ Twitter account @thomsonreuters has been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. If you remember, the Syrian Electronic Army has been responsible for hacking the Twitter accounts of The Onion, E! Online, CBS and more.

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 news No Comments

YouTube Axing 60 Percent of Its Original Content Channels

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5959691/youtube-axing-60-percent-of-its-original-content-channels

YouTube Axing 60 Percent of Its Original Content ChannelsBack in January, YouTube announced that it was launching around 160 channels of fresh, original content, that it would invest in to help it compete with traditional cable and network programming. Less than a year on, it’s axing over half of them.

YouTube injected $200 million into the project, which includes channels like The Onion and Jay-Z’s Life and Times. Seems the rewards haven’t been as forthcoming as they’d like: 60 percent are being axed, and YouTube will cream off 100 percent of incoming revenue from the ones that aren’t renewed.

As for what will and won’t make the cut, All Things D reports that it’s not revenue that’s the deciding factor, but watch time of the channels instead. [All Things D via Verge]

Image by Rego – d4u.hu under Creative Commons license

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Monday, November 12th, 2012 news No Comments

People Are Googling "Who Is Running for President" Right Up to the End

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5958141/america-people-are-googling-who-is-running-for-president-right-up-to-the-end

America: People Are Googling "Who Is Running for President" Right Up to the EndAmerica, the Great Republic, is holding her elections today. And her voters, you voters, are, uh, still frantically Googling to find out who’s running for President.

That’s a Google Trends chart above, showing how often people in the United States have searched for “who is running for president”. As you can see, it’s spiked heavily in the past month, and again, higher still, in the past WEEK. The election is today, for god’s sake. “Does anyone know who is running for president? I HAVE TO GO VOTE ON IT TODAY.” Et cetera.

Others are taking to Twitter:

So whose running for president this year?

— Austin Moylan (@moylanator41) November 6, 2012

The orignal graphic floating around is even more horrifying, but it demonstrates the search term’s popularity over 8 years, worldwide. Of course traffic is higher in a more digitally integrated world in 2012, and people will search for the term more than in 2008 and 2004. Google’s just bigger now. But still. STILL. Look at the US-only, 12-month chart here. It’s still pretty damn insane. Maybe the Onion has it right. [Atlantic, BGR]

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

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