(Image source: Twitter / @Official _SEA16)
**BY ERIK SHUTE**
The Syrian Electronic Army made headlines again this week, taking the blame
for attacks on high-profile websites including The New York Times and Twitter.
The SEA is an informal pro-Assad group with no official ties to the state.
The Army left only this message on the home page of The Times, their true
identities shrouded behind IP addresses and monikers. On Thursday, a back-and-
forth conversation across the Web was conducted to find out if a teenager
could be at the helm of the hacker collective. (Via Twitter / @mhess4,
The hacker in question is known as "The Pro," and he is reportedly 19 years
old. This image originates from his personal blog.
There is no piece of evidence which absolutely confirms his identity. But,
using a little computer knowledge, online magazine Vice was able to make a
good guess. Vice claims a digital paper trail connects a man named Hatem Deeb
directly to the SEA using his real name.
Deeb recently rented a virtual private server from the SEA under his name. A
cross-check of IP addresses, courtesy of Vice, shows Deeb's address originates
from the ...