New York Times, Twitter hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, service provider says

National Post | News

The New York Times and Twitter Inc. had their Internet registrations hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, rendering at least parts of their sites inaccessible, the company that controls the data said.

The Syrian group disrupted traffic to the websites by hacking on Tuesday into registration-services provider Melbourne IT Ltd., which handles the online addresses of nytimes.com and twitter.co.uk, according to Tony Smith, a spokesman for the Melbourne-based company. The Times was still inaccessible for some users on Wednesday, and the newspaper instructed readers to go to an alternate site to read its articles.

Some users initially reported being redirected to the Syrian group’s sites. Many were simply unable to access the pages at all. The Syrian Electronic Army, which backs the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, has also claimed responsibility for hacking the Washington Post this month and the Financial Times in early May, redirecting readers to its own websites…

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