The Syrian Electronic Army hacking group have recently attacked the commenting platform Gigya, implementing popups in popular news websites such as The Independent - starting as of early this morning.
The affected websites include large-names such as The Telegraph, CNBC, PC World and The Chicago Tribune. According to Patrick Salyer, Gigya's chief executive, these hackers were able to alter the 'whois' domain registration record for Gigya.
The hackers proceeded to redirect Gigya by putting it under the control of a different DNS server. This was then configured to send the providers content delivery network to a server controlled by the hackers, displaying alerts on these delivered websites explaining that the Syrian Electronic Army had taken control.
Salyer has stated that this hacking issue is only to do with the content network, further claiming that no sensitive data was lost in the attack and the Gigya platform has remained safe. Alongside this, Gigya has rectified the issues and corrected their DNS pointers, reverting business back to normal.
In the past, this group of hackers has been rumored to be linked to Syrian dictator Basheed al-Assad and have carried out attacks on high-profile online companies such as Paypal and Microsoft.