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New York Times Site Is Disrupted in Attack by Hackers (NYT)
The New York Times‘ website was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon after an online attack on the company’s domain name registrar. The attack also forced employees of the Times to take care in sending emails. The hacking was just the latest of a major media organization, with The Financial Times and The Washington Post also having their operations disrupted within the last few months. It was also the second time in August that the website of The New York Times was unavailable for several hours. The Atlantic Wire The attackers have been acknowledged by the Times to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a roguish collective sympathetic to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. TechCrunch Once the SEA had gained access to registry records, it was able to change both contact details and domain name servers. Now, the SEA is claiming access to a variety of international Twitter domains. A Twitter representative told TechCrunch that the company was “looking into” the possibility that the SEA had changed DNS records. The Next Web Statements to The Next Web from Melbourne IT explain that the SEA was able to enter its IT system by using a reseller’s username and password. Once inside Melbourne IT’s system, the group had access to a range of data and information. It presumably knew exactly what it was looking for and proceeded to change the DNS records of “several domain names,” Melbourne IT says, one of which was nytimes.com. FishbowlNY About two weeks ago, NYTimes.com went dark due to what a spokesperson called “a scheduled maintenance update.”