If you haven’t been keeping up with the news lately then you might be unfamiliar with the web attacks on the New York Times and Twitter. To catch you up, earlier this week the New York Times and Twitter were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. On the New York Times site the SEA changed the main page so that people were redirected to a different web page. When Twitter was infiltrated, users had trouble downloading and viewing photos that were mentioned in tweets. ”As details start to emerge about how the Twitter and New York Times domains were modified, the practice of applying a registry lock is being touted as a defense,” says Moore. “At the time of the attack, many large-brand domains were hosted with Melbourne IT and were not locked. There is no evidence that the attackers made changes to these domains, but these were potentially vulnerable at the time the attack took place. In other words, things could have been much worse.”
According to USA Today, majority of the companies whose domain names are routed through Melbourne IT, a website registrar. Companies such as Toshiba, Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks, Neiman Marcus, and more all locked down their domain names to secure their site from an outside attack. I hope that another attack does not occur. Luckily, these attacks were mild and could have been much especially since these were high profile sites.
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