Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has gained notoriety in the recent past for pulling off numerous high-profile hacks. The group is back in the headlines with the fresh hacking of UK sites of eBay and PayPal.
When SEA first emerged, its primary targets appeared to be media organizations who were critical of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. However, the group has expanded the scope of its hacks since, going after financial institutions, major organizations and even government institutions worldwide.
The UK sites of eBay and PayPal were hacked by SEA today. As is the group’s norm, it then went on to deface the sites by plastering them with its own message to the world. In the case of PayPal UK, this message was, “Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army! Fuck the United States Government.”
The group then went on to explain, in the message posted online, that it defaced the PayPal site to retaliate the company’s discrimination against Syrian citizens. The statement read, “If your PayPal account is down for a few minutes, think about Syrians who were denied online payments for more than 3 years. #SEA.”
PayPal was quick to respond by stating that the hack did not affect the information of its customers in any way. According to PayPal’s senior director of global initiatives, Anuj Nayar, “For a brief period today, a very limited number of people visiting certain PayPal and eBay marketing pages in the UK, France and India were redirected. The issue was quickly detected and resolved. No customer data was accessed by these redirects, and no customer accounts were affected.”
Courtesy: The Hacker News