Syrian Electronic Army hacked Tango, swiped user data

Jul 23, 2013
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Syrian Electronic Army hacked Tango, swiped user data

The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed ownership of a hack against Tango, saying they swiped 1.5 terabytes worth of user data. Tango has since confirmed that a breach of its system did take place, saying that the hackers accessed "some data." They did not, however, confirm whether it was the SEA, nor did they provide details on the extent of the security breach.

TangoMe Inc., the company behind Tango, confirmed the breach on its Twitter account, saying that it "experienced a cyber intrusion that resulted in unauthorized access to some data." The company went on to state that it is in the process of improving its security system. This came after the Syrian Electronic Army posted screenshots as proof of their hacking endeavors.

According to the hacker collective, the information they stole amounted to 1.5 terabytes, and included things like the phone numbers of users, contact information, and emails. It then went on to say that the information it gathered will be given to the Syrian government - "much of " it, anyway. According to the BBC, some experts have stated that outdated software on Tango's part may have been the reason it was targeted.

Following the Tango breach, the Syrian Electronic Army then turned its attention to The Daily Dot, which hosted a story on the hack alongside a cartoon of the Syrian president. The hacking group fired off a tweet, demanding the image be removed. When The Daily Dot failed to do this, the SEA then breached its admin panel and deleted the article from its system.

The is the latest of a long list of breaches the SEA has pulled off, many of which involves low-level hacking to gain access to Twitter accounts, where mostly nonsense tweets are posted. The Guardian, The Onion, Financial Times, E! Online, CBS, and more have all been targeted by the group, which you can find out more about in our timeline below.

SOURCE: BBC News


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