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Grey Lady goes dark: New York Times website hacked by ‘Syrian Electronic Army’
Question of the Day
A group called the “Syrian Electronic Army” is taking responsible for attacking the website of The New York Times, leaving readers unable to access any online content.
On Wednesday, about 12 hours after the hack attack, readers still couldn’t get on the site, CNN reported. The Times, meanwhile, promised in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, after its site was attacked, that “we will continue to publish the news. Here is our latest report on Syria.”
The attack — which targeted the company’s domain name registrar — came just after the newspaper published an opinion piece that was titled: “Bomb Syria, even if it is illegal,” The Daily Mail reported.
The newspaper was still able to post some articles to its numerical IP address and to its alternate news.nytco.com website, CNN reported.
The Times’ Chief Information Officer Marc Frons said the attack came from “the Syrian Electronic Army or someone trying very hard to be them.” The group is an affiliation of computer hackers that it tied to President Bashar Assad, CNN reported.
The Daily Mail reported that the group has actually come forward and claimed responsibility for the attack.
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About the Author
Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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