Published on agosto 29th, 2013 | by GAby Menta0
Hackers disrupt NYTimes.com, #Twitter
The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility. The Times offers a brief explanation on its home page and turns to Facebook for continued posting. Twitter users said their backgrounds changed.
For several hours Tuesday, NYTimes.comwas unavailable, and hours later, another cyber attack was conducted against Twitter.
The Syrian Electronic Army, loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news reports.
The Times website, once it was restored, prominently featured this update on its home page:
To Our Readers
Our Web site was unavailable to users in the United States for a time on Tuesday. The disruption was the result of an external attack on our domain name registrar, and we are at work on fully restoring service. We regret if this has caused you any inconvenience.
— The New York Times
The hack to Twitter was a little more complicated.
The Syrian Electronic Army tweeted Tuesday that it had gained access to Twitter’s DNS servers, though it doesn’t appear the site itself was hacked. What was apparently hacked was Twitter’s image server. Multiple users said their background images had been changed to Syrian-themed images.
Twitter confirmed that image viewing on the site was “sporadically impacted” during the afternoon, but the image-hosting domain was restored by early evening. “No Twitter user information was affected by this incident,” the update added.
This is the second time the Times website has experienced unexpected downtime in the past two weeks. The earlier downtime wasn’t the work of hackers, but rather the result of a mishap with a maintenance update, according to the paper.
The day after the first NYT downtime, some readers of The Washington Post’s website found themselves being redirected to the Syrian Electronic Army’s website in what clearly was an attack.
The same hackers struck last spring, hijacking Twitter accounts of the Associated Press, The Guardian, “60 Minutes,” and even The Onion.
The cyber attacks come as the United States weighs military action against Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons against its own people.
Ragan Executive Editor Rob Reinalda contributed to this story.