Syrian Electronic Army hacks into Facebook’s domain

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The Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group supportive of Syrian President Bashar Assad, claimed Tuesday it managed to hack Facebook.com, just in time for the social network’s tenth anniversary.

The hackers first claimed to subvert Facebook.com in a tweet published at approximately 6:30 EST. A cursory search of the WHOIS domain registrar indicated that the email address tied to Facebook had indeed been changed to a Syrian gmail account.

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The SEA claimed it was able to change Facebook’s servers but the process had to be abandoned because it was “taking too much time.” The alleged hack did not impact Facebook’s operations.

Half an hour after the SEA tweet, the domain name returned to domain@fb.com, indicating that Facebook and MarkMonitor, a domain management firm, had rectified the error, preventing any serious impact.

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