Media companies,including the New York Times,Twitter and the Huffington Post,lost control of some of their websites Tuesday after hackers supporting the Syrian government breached the Australian Internet company that manages many major site addresses.
The Syrian Electronic Army,a hacker group that has attacked media organisations it considers hostile to the Syrian President,claimed credit for the Twitter and Huffington Post hacks in a series of tweets.
Security experts said electronic records showed that NYTimes.com,the only site with an hours-long outage, redirected visitors to a server controlled by the Syrian group before it went dark. New York Times Co spokeswoman Eileen Murphy tweeted the issue is most likely the result of a malicious external attack. The Huffington Post attack was limited to the blogging platforms British web address. Twitter said the hack led to availability issues for 90 minutes.