Syrian Electronic Army claims responsibility for Tango hack

By on July 23, 2013, 2:00 PM
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The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claim to have hacked into a backup database belonging to popular video and text messaging app Tango and stolen personal information from millions of users. Compromised data is said to include phone numbers, contacts and e-mails totaling 1.5 terabytes.

A post on SEA’s website includes screenshots to back up the claim along with a message pointing out that much of the information that was downloaded will be delivered to the Syrian government.

TangoMe Inc. recently confirmed a security breach on its Twitter feed, noting unauthorized access to some data. The team said they were working on increasing their security systems and apologized for any inconvenience the breach may have caused members. It’s worth mentioning, however, that the company never confirmed (or denied) if the SEA was responsible for the attack.

Experts believe the Tango hack could have resulted from the company’s use of an outdated version of WordPress, a popular content management system. E Hacking News said Tango was using version 3.2.1 while the latest release is at 3.5.2.

In related news, the hackers took offense to a caricature of the Syrian president that was posted by The Daily Dot. SEA asked via Twitter for the site to remove the image and when nothing was done about it, the group allegedly hacked into the site’s admin panel and deleted the entire article according to reports. The article has since returned, however, along with the offending drawing.




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Hasbean said:

Propaganda gonads. What a load of old cobblers. Have some self respect Techspot and stop running this kind of rubbish.

wastedkill said:

1.5TB thats a TON of data exactly how long did this take to be sent?

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wastedkill said:

1.5TB thats a TON of data exactly how long did this take to be sent?

It's not really a ton at all, especially for these larger apps with millions of customers these days. Heck, DoD has a camera that records at 100Tb of data per day!

Congrats Syria, way to not control your country, nor your urge to steal user information.

Hasbean said:

wastedkill said:

1.5TB thats a TON of data exactly how long did this take to be sent?

It's not really a ton at all, especially for these larger apps with millions of customers these days. Heck, DoD has a camera that records at 100Tb of data per day!

Congrats Syria, way to not control your country, nor your urge to steal user information.

Don't always believe everything you read. There is a war of misinformation and manipulation going on. The brown guys are not always the bad guys.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

"working on increasing their security systems and apologized for any inconvenience"

Don't you just love the standard answer that every company gives after being hacked?

I wonder if they'll ever try a new and more truthful line like "We are so busy trying to make money for ourselves that we don't want to waste it on tighter security the customer deserves. We thought the bundled Windows firewall would be more than enough".

Nah, I guess not.

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