The notorious hacking group Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) is at it again. It has tried to victimize software manufacturer Microsoft Corp by targeting the company’s blog and Twitter accounts. However, it is interesting how the target has quickly fought back and restored its services.
SEA broke into the blog site of Microsoft. It aimed to redirect the blog’s visitors to its own Website. The attack was launched in January 11, at about 8:30 p.m., ET. The official Microsoft blog was put down and was scheduled to resume in an hour, by 9:30 p.m.
Microsoft is yet to reveal details about the extent of possible damage of the cyber attack. For its part, a representative from SEA has disclosed that the hack was just designed to serve as a distraction. The group claims to be just distracting Microsoft employees so SEA could succeed in carrying out a bigger and more destructive mission.
Second attack after New Year
This is not the first time for Microsoft to fall as a victim to SEA. Interestingly, the technology firm fell as a victim of the group on New Year’s Day, when most of its employees were obviously on vacation. In just 11 days after that first attack, the ‘hacktivists’ launched this new assault on the company.
On the first attack last New Year’s Day, SEA targeted the official Twitter account of Skype and the official blog of Microsoft. That time, the cybercriminals said the activity was a form of warning to people to stay away from the email services of Microsoft. It is still not very clear why it has that intention.
Preview to bigger problem?
Interestingly, Microsoft now appears to be more prepared to the attack compared to how it dealt with the New Year Day hack. Observers note that the attack on January 1 was not immediately addressed by Microsoft. The first tweet when SEA seized Microsoft’s Twitter account was instantly deleted just like the group’s posts to the Microsoft blog.
But not to be easily dismissed is the fact that SEA may have obtained deeper access than just that. The hacktivists have posted screenshots of what seems like internal communications between the company’s public relations department and corporate media platform manager Steve Clayton. Those messages appeared like those were internal plans. SEA posted the screenshots through Microsoft’s Twitter account. As of this writing, those posts were already deleted.