So today the nytimes website went down. The Syrian Electronic Army are being blamed. Can we work out who they are and how they accomplished this?
If you ping www.nytimes.com the IP address comes up as 188.8.131.52. A whois on this IP address shows that it’s in the IP range owned by Shorefront Media, Inc addressed in Moscow (reference – http://whois.domaintools.com/184.108.40.206). A reverse IP lookup on this IP shows that the syrianelectronicarmy.com domain is also linked to this IP (reference – http://reverseip.domaintools.com/search/?q=220.127.116.11).
So can we work out owns or is helping syrianelectronicarmy.com? – repeat and rinse the above.
http://whois.domaintools.com/syrianelectronicarmy.com shows the registrant information linked to a privacy service based in the US (reference – http://whois.domaintools.com/syrianelectronicarmy.com):
Should be no bother for US law enforcement to get info out of a domestic entity. Further to that, the registered address is a UPS store in Washington (reference – http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/1181/); really Syrian terrorists? The contact email address shows another domain – protecteddomainservices.com – rinse and repeat again (reference – http://whois.domaintools.com/protecteddomainservices.com).
Domain Name: protecteddomainservices.com
Registrar: Christian Investments LLC
This time its a Colorado address. Are US nationals doing their best to protect the identity of the owners of syrianelectronicarmy.com?
Am I missing something?
Also of note is that the contact details for Shorefront Media Inc shows a Russian name and Address:
19/2 Lva Tolstogo st.
Have a look at www.shorefrontmedia.com. Does this really look like a website for a media marketing company. They can’t even market themselves. A quick Google search links this Moscow address to quite a number of reports of phishing, spamming and hacking (http://www.google.com/search?q=19/2+Lva+Tolstogo+st.+Moscow+119034+Russia).
Is this the real home of the “Syrian Electronic Army”? Is the “Syrian” part of the name being used to demonize Syria in the same way that Russians were in 80’s and 90’s spy movies?