Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Syrian Electronic Army Says It Crashed NY Times, Twitter

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

One of the nation's busiest portals—the New York Times' web site—came crashing down Aug. 27 and was still experiencing major problems this morning.

According to CNET, someone or some organization managed to access a so-called reseller account on Melbourne IT's network and crashed the Time's site. Melbourne IT is the domain registrar that keeps control over the nytimes.com name. The hacked reseller username and password were used to bring down the system.

Bloomberg News is reporting that a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army was claiming responsibility. The group also said it had hacked into Twitter, rendering parts of its site inaccessible.

The Times has spent the past 24 hours sending emails to its subscribers to go to an alternate site to view its articles while it attempts to restore its main site.

“We are currently reviewing our logs to see if we can obtain information on the identity of the party that has used the reseller credentials," wrote Tony Smith, spokesman for the Australian-based Melbourne IT. "And we will share this information with the reseller and any relevant law-enforcement bodies.”

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