Data Storage Today

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
News & Information for Data Storage Professionals
Welcome to the new I.T.
One that streamlines service delivery
Learn how with new I.T. from BMC

Discover it here: www.bmc.com
Wednesday, April 23rd 
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Data Centers
Storage Solutions
Storage Networks
Data Storage Issues
Data Security
DST Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Microsoft/Windows

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Microsoft -- Again

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Microsoft -- Again
January 21, 2014 1:37PM

Bookmark and Share
The attacks against Microsoft by the Syrian Electronic Army aren’t particularly sophisticated or novel. In going after Microsoft, the Syrian Electronic Army has used well-known breaching tactics. But the fact that the hacktivist group is continually successful shows that the industry needs to do a better job guarding against these tactics.

APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.

One particular hacktivist group seems to have a bone to pick with mighty Microsoft. First, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hijacked a few of Redmond’s Twitter accounts. Next, the group invaded the company’s official blog. Now, the SEA has hacked into Microsoft’s Office Blogs site.

The hackers took to Twitter with proof positive in the form of a screenshot of the Microsoft Office Blog site. The SEA article was titled “Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army” and was placed next to “Office 15-Minute Webinars” and “Top 5 Reasons to attend Sharepoint Conference 2014” on the blog’s home page.

Microsoft was quick to take down the article, but Google searchers can still find the cached image. The attack comes as Microsoft rolled out a new design for its Office Blog site -- complete with a new content management system (CMS) -- on Monday and the SEA’s Twitter message reads, “Dear @Microsoft, Changing the CMS will not help you if your employees are hacked and they don’t know about that.”

Breaking the Pattern

“A targeted cyberattack temporarily affected the Microsoft Office blog,” the company said in a statement. “The account was quickly reset and we can confirm that no customer information was compromised.”

We caught up with Ken Pickering, director of Engineering at CORE Security, to get his take on the Microsoft attacks. He told us the attacks aren’t particularly sophisticated or novel. The SEA, he noted, uses well-known breaching tactics and the fact that they are continually successful shows that the industry needs to do a better job guarding against these tactics.

“How do we break this pattern? Here’s the methodology I always advise: In order to prevent attacks, you need to think like an attacker. Consider how the ‘bad guys’ will try to break into your account and/or network, and counteract those tactics,” Pickering said. “We, as an industry, get hung up on testing for compliances and following 'best practices,' while losing sight of the ever-present battle with which IT and security personnel are consistently embroiled.”

Layered Defense Needed

Like Anonymous, the SEA has made quite a name for itself in the hacker world. The hacktivist group has targeted many media sites, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Associated Press, The Guardian, Twitter and Twing, over the past year.

Kevin O'Brien, enterprise solution architect at CloudLock, told us these attacks are one more example of why companies need to implement properly layered defense strategies. Again, the issue with the DNS compromise was that a single point of failure -- the domain record company hacked, in this case -- resulted in "real-world" damages.

"Any time a single point of failure exists, one should assume that it will be the target of concerted effort on the behalf of criminals who wish to exploit, destroy, or compromise an organization," O'Brien said. "The coming days will tell for certain, but it's probably safe to assume that the Gray Lady's staff had not considered whether or not their DNS host was properly auditing and securing their environment. In turn, the DNS host was probably not doing the same for their resellers."

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Microsoft/Windows
1. Officials Reveal Microsoft Data Center
2. Microsoft, BMC Targeting VMware
3. Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
4. Review: Windows Embraces the Past
5. Patch Tuesday Offers Critical Fixes




 Most Popular Articles
1. Intel Bets on Cloudera for Big Data Analytics
2. SAP HANA Data Warehouse App Gets Faster Analytics
3. Fast Seagate 6 TB Drive Offered for Enterprise Data Centers
4. California DMV Investigates Possible Security Breach
5. Resetting All Passwords Now May Be Worst Heartbleed Fix

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  Lessons from Verizon's Threat Report
  Officials Reveal Microsoft Data Center
  Verizon Report Exposes Cyberthreats
  Samsung Data Center Catches Fire
  Heartbleed Exploit Could Cost Millions

 Technology Marketplace
Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Enterprise Hardware
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
What Verizon's Data Breach Report Can Teach Enterprises
It’s probably not a jaw-dropper, but cyberespionage is officially on the rise. And the use of stolen or misused credentials is still the leading way the bad guys gain access to corporate information.
 
Top Cyberthreats Exposed by Verizon Report
Beyond Heartbleed, there are cyberthreats vying to take down enterprise networks, corrupt smartphones, and wreak havoc on businesses. Verizon is exposing these threats in a new report.
 
Where Do Web Sites Stand, Post-Heartbleed?
A security firm says the vast majority of Web sites have patched themselves to protect against the Heartbleed bug, but now there are questions raised on the reliability of open-source programs.
 
Navigation
Data Storage Today
Home/Top News | Data Centers | Storage Solutions | Storage Networks | Data Storage Issues | Data Security | DST Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 Data Storage Today. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.