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Washington Post website hacked by Syrian group

A group that supports Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime claimed responsibility.

Written by Press Trust Of India |
August 16, 2013 1:18:38 am

New York: The Washington Post Thursday said its website was hacked. A group that supports Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime claimed responsibility.

Washington Post Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz in a statement said for about 30 minutes Thursday morning,readers of some stories were redirected to the website of the Syrian Electronic Army. The SEA has taken credit for web attacks on media targets that it sees as sympathetic to Syria’s rebels. The group claims to have hacked the Twitter feeds of The Associated Press,Al-Jazeera English and the BBC.

Garcia-Ruiz said the hacking incident came a few days after a phishing attack which tried to obtain password information. As a result of the attack,purportedly orchestrated by the SEA,a personal email account of one of the newspaper’s staff writers was used to send out an SEA message,he said.

Garcia-Ruiz said the SEA claimed in a Twitter message that it gained access to parts of the newspaper’s website by hacking one of its business partners,Outbrain,a company that alerts readers of blogs and media sites to recommended links.

Japan ministers visit controversial World War II shrine

Tokyo: Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine Thursday,in a move sure to anger China and South Korea,which see it as a potent symbol of Tokyo’s imperialist past. Yoshitaka Shindo,internal affairs and communications

minister in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet,visited Yasukuni shrine early morning,marking the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. ”I came here on my own judgement,” Shindo told reporters after his visit. Another cabinet minister,Keiji Furuya,in charge of North Korean abduction issue,also made the trip. Dozens of Japanese politicians are expected to visit later in the day. The shrine honours 2.5 million citizens who died in the war.

Chinese zoo under fire for disguising hairy dog as lion

Beijing: A Chinese zoo’s supposed “African lion” was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking. The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe,in the central

province of Henan,replaced exotic exhibits with common species,according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily.

It quoted a customer surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made — but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled “African lion” was barking. The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff — a large and long-haired breed of dog.

“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the paper quoted Liu,who was charged $2.45 for the ticket,as saying. “They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”

Three other species housed incorrectly included two coypu rodents in a snake’s cage,a white fox in a leopard’s den,and another dog in a wolf pen.

Users of China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo service mocked the zoo. “This is not funny at all. It’s sad for both the zoo and the animals,” said one. “They should at least use a husky to pretend to be a wolf,” said another.

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