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[liberationtech] Hacked by the SEA

Collin Anderson collin at
Mon Jul 22 08:46:08 PDT 2013


Regrettably, it seems to have slipped the attention of most media, but the
Syrian Electronic Army appears to have managed to compromise the network of
the popular communications service Tango.

They claim to have retrieved 10 Tb of backup data, so one might imagine
there is a lot of useful data, perhaps call records, account information
and source code, that might be used against those who are not particularly
friendly with the Assad regime. Case in point, Tango seems to have
experienced an increase in Iranian activist users, since it endured the
government's connection throttling during the election better than most.

Tango's only reply was that it experienced "brief, unauthorized access to
some data," but exfiltrating multiple terabytes of data is no quick task.
The question of replacing Skype on this list is pretty tired, but at least
we can agree on not not giving vital data to a company that responds so
irresponsibly to being hacked.

*Collin David Anderson* | @cda | Washington, D.C.
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