The Tango App Was Hacked By The Syrian Electronic Army

Posted Jul 23, 2013

The Tango messaging application is the latest victim of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), according to PCMag.  The SEA penetrated the company’s databases last week and was able to access user information.  The SEA was able to access phone numbers, contact information, and the e-mails of Tango app users.  They were also able to download 1.5TB daily backups from Tango’s server network.

“The Syrian Electronic Army hacked the Tango app (video/text messages service) website and database,” said the group on their website.  The SEA posted screenshots of the Tango backup folders and app logs.  “Much of the information in the databases that were downloaded will be delivered to the Syrian government.”

The SEA also hacked The Daily Dot blog after they covered the Tango hacked and put up a caricature of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  “Dear @dailydot, please remove the attached picture … or we will do something you will not like it,” said the SEA in a tweet.

When the Daily Dot refused, the hackers cracked at least one of the Gmail accounts from one of the Daily Dot staff members.  From there, they got into the website’s admin panel and deleted the article.  “This time we deleted that article, the second time we will delete all your website,” stated the SEA in a note.