Syrian Electronic Army Hacked the Outbrain today Resulting in the Hack of CNN, Washington post, The New York Times, all at a time.
Outbrain is a content recommendation service whose widget offers to help internet publishers increase web traffic at their websites, it does so by presenting them with links to Article and other contents.
Outbrain is used by more than 1,00,000 blogs including USA Today, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Daily Beast, New York Observer, Slate, The Street, Elle, Hollywood Reporter, CNN, Fox News, Hachette Filipacchi Media, Mashable, MSNBC and the Guardian.
What Syrian Electronic Army did was that they Some how hacked into the Admin panel Of Outbrain and changed the parameters used by CNN, Washington post, The New York Times in their widgets as ‘Hacked by SEA’
Screenshot of Admin panel of Outbrain, shows they were still using the outdated wordpress version:
Screenshot of The Recomended post on the websites showing ‘Hacked by SEA’