Melbourne IT says reseller credentials used in hacking of NYT, other media

SAN FRANCISCO Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:28pm EDT

SAN FRANCISCO Aug 27 (Reuters) - MelbourneIT, an Australian Internet service provider that sells and manages domain names including Twitter.com and NYTimes, said on Tuesday the credentials of a reseller had been used improperly to change domain settings and hack into sites including the NYTimes.com.

Officials at The New York Times identified MelbourneIT as its domain name registrar and the primary victim of hacking by supporters of the Syrian government and warned its employees to stop sending sensitive e-mails from their corporate accounts.

MelbourneIT spokesman Tony Smith said the company restored the correct domain name settings, changed the password on the compromised account, and locked the records to prevent further alterations.

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