Syrian Electronic Army suspected culprit behind NYT outtage

Josh Peterson Tech Editor
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Hackers aligned with Bashir al-Assad’s regime in Syria claimed credit for the New York Times’ website outage on Tuesday.

The Syrian Electronic Army used Twitter to announce that it had targeted the New York Times and The Huffington Post’s U.K. site. The SEA also took credit for taking down Twitter’s U.K. site.

The New York Times was inaccessible “for some — but not all — users starting at 3 p.m., and many users took to Twitter to ask if others were having similar problems reaching the site,” reports the Washington Post.

Tuesday’s attack came nearly two weeks after the SEA took credit for an outage that crippled the Washington Post for approximately two hours.

The SEA hacks website in support of the Assad regime, although its relationship with the Syrian government is unclear.

The organization, which is allegedly comprised of Syrian college students, has been attacking Western media outlets in an apparent effort to spread a pro-Assad message.

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