SEA Hacks Continue With Takeover of NYT, Twitter Registrar Homepage

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Melbourne IT, an Australian domain name registration, just got hijacked, apparently by the very busy Syrian Electronic Army. This shouldn't be a surprise since it's the same company that was implicated in Tuesday's New York Times and Twitter hacks.

Attempting to visit Melbourne IT's homepage ( on Wednesday morning showed a blank white page with one line of text at the top: "Hacked by SEA, Your servers security is very weak." This should've been obvious given the hacks from the day before. Apparently, Melbourne IT is the registrar for and, and its credentials were used to change the domain settings for the two domains. So whoever was doing the hacking—and the Syrian Electronic Army is taking credit—just exploited their access a little more to pull down Melbourne IT's site.

As with the other hacks, it doesn't look like anybody really got hurt here. The Times and Twitter both recovered from their hacks within a few hours and there's no reason the Australians won't do the same. There's also no reason to believe the Syrian Electronic Army is going to stop these little attacks, so get your popcorn. [Twitter]