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New York Times, Twitter and Huffington Post Targeted by Syrian Hackers

A few big media sites including the New York Times, Twitter and the Huffington Post fell victim to a damaging hack that was presumably carried out by a group called the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) on Tuesday. Today, the Times and Twitter are both still experiencing some problems related to the hack.

The SEA’s attack involved hacking Australian-based company Melbourne IT Ltd., the registration-services provider that manages the nytimes.com and twitter.co.uk domains. The group then proceeded to edit the sites’ DNS information so that certain parts were inaccessible online, disrupting web traffic and instead redirecting visitors to a webpage controlled by the SEA.

The Times’ website was hit the hardest, going completely dark for several hours on Tuesday. According to the BBC, it’s the most severe attack the group has been responsible for thus far just after targeting other major media sites like the Financial Times, the Washington Post, CNN and BBC in recent months.

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A few big media sites including the New York Times, Twitter and the Huffington Post fell victim to a damaging hack that was presumably carried out by a group called the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) on Tuesday. Today, the Times and Twitter are both still experiencing some problems related to the hack.

The SEA's attack involved hacking Australian-based company Melbourne IT Ltd., the registration-services provider that manages the nytimes.com and twitter.co.uk domains. The group then proceeded to edit the sites' DNS information so that certain parts were inaccessible online, disrupting web traffic and instead redirecting visitors to a webpage controlled by the SEA.

The Times' website was hit the hardest, going completely dark for several hours on Tuesday. According to the BBC, it's the most severe attack the group has been responsible for thus far just after targeting other major media sites like the Financial Times, the Washington Post, CNN and BBC in recent months.

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