Syrian hackers target Melbourne IT for second time

Syrian hackers target Melbourne IT for second time
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Domain name regulator Melbourne IT has fallen victim to another attack from a Syrian rebel group this morning, less than 24-hours after they used the company to take the New York Times offline.

Members of the Syrian Electronic Army announced on Twitter it had again gained access to the company’s servers and posted a message on its blog which said: “Hacked by SEA, Your servers security is very weak”.

The attack comes a day after it was revealed the SEA managed to take down the nytimes.com and a website managed by Twitter by infiltrating the company’s servers using a username and password of an onselling service in the US.

Melbourne IT handles among other internet services domain name registration for a raft of clients, and is deeply immersed in handling the new .brand system which is currently being registered across the globe.

The company’s blog is still currently showing an error message, while the SEA has taken to Twitter to say its own site has now been suspended by Name.com. They were unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

Yesterday company chief executive Theo Hnarakis told the Australian Financial Review: “This is something that could ­happen to any company and any staff member.

“This is not a breakdown of security, this is not a weakness of our systems where someone’s been able to hack in and grab customer information or credit card information.”

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