08/29/2013 09:49 am ET Updated Aug 29, 2013

New York Times Hacked: Website Back To Normal After Outage

The New York Times website was back up on Wednesday after what appeared to be an attack by the Syrian Electronic Army.

The website went down for most users Tuesday afternoon. The newspaper revealed shortly after the outage struck that it had been hit by "a malicious external attack." The Syrian Electronic Army, the pro-Assad group that has targeted numerous news outlets in recent months, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The New York Times reported that the hackers had attacked the company’s domain name registrar, Melbourne IT. Marc Frons, chief information officer for The New York Times Company, said that the hackers were "Syrian Electronic Army or someone trying very hard to be them."

The site was still down Wednesday morning, but was back to normal by the afternoon. It was the website's second outage in two weeks, though the first instance was attributed to problems with internal servers and not a cyberattack.

Hackers also disrupted Twitter and The Huffington Post on Tuesday. Twitter users were unable to view photos, while the Huffington Post's UK site was affected. The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility over those attacks, as well.



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