Wednesday 28 August 2013

NYT hacked.

New York Times Hacked? Syrian Electronic Army Suspected Of Attacking Site
The New York Times website went down for the second time in two weeks on Tuesday, after what the newspaper suspects was an attack by hackers.

27 August, 2013

On Tuesday afternoon, the site stopped working for a large swath of visitors. They received an "Internal Server Error" message instead. The Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group that supports Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, has claimed responsibility for the attack. At one point, the New York Times homepage re-directed to a page that read "Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army" and showed the SEA's logo.

This was the NYT homepage for a few minutes earlier
Megan Hess (@mhess4) August 27, 2013

Matt Johansen, head of threat research center at WhiteHat Security, tweeted that the server belonging to the New York Times was pointing to a domain registered to the Syrian Electronic Army. The group also claimed responsibility for hacking Twitter accounts belonging to the AP, NPR, Reuters, BBC and Al Jazeera, as well as links on CNN, the Washington Post and Time.

"I can confirm that the site is down," Eileen Murphy, vice president of corporate communications for The New York Times, told The Huffington Post's Gerry Smith on Tuesday. "It's not down for every user. We are working to resolve the problem. Our initial assessment is it's most likely the result of a malicious external attack." She also confirmed the outage on Twitter.
The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We are working on fully restoring the site.
The New York Times (@nytimes) August 27, 2013

and continued to push its stories out via social media:
We will continue to publish the news. Here is our latest report on Syria:
The New York Times (@nytimes) August 27, 2013

The Times experienced a wider outage earlier this month, which affected its website as well as its internal email server. In a statement to readers, the newspaper explained the technical difficulties as a result of "a scheduled maintenance update." The website was down for about two hours.

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