MacTalk, the Australian online forum for all things Apple, seems to be the latest victim of the Syrian cyber war, with the website apparently being hacked by the loosely knit group of cyber mischief makers known as the Syrian Electronic Army – though the identity of those defacing the site has yet to be confirmed.
The front page of the website, www.mactalk.com.au, is now down, while MacTalk technicians work on restoring it. And removing the pro President Bashar al-Assad messages and pictures of squirrels toting machine guns (seriously).
The hacking is the latest in a line of attacks and MacTalk joins an increasing number of victims, both high profile (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The US Marine Corp, The Associated Press’ Twitter feed and The Huffington Post) and more obscure selections, such as Texas’ Reporter-Telegram website.
The hackers said the site had been targeted because of the Australian Government’s support of the Syrian rebels.
MacTalk is published by Niche Media, which is also the owner of Macworld Australia.
by Macworld Australia staff