As tensions escalate in Syria today, the New York Times' website crashed for the second time in two weeks, with a spokesperson for the paper blaming a "malicious external attack." Twitter, too, seemed to be experiencing technological difficulties around the same time late this afternoon, as images failed to load and the site went down for some users. Most evidence so far is pointing to the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Assad hacker group known for messing with media companies, whose stamp appeared amid the Domain Name System (DNS) info for both sites.
Just to clarify. NYTimes DNS was pointing to an SEA name server. Twitters domain registration ownership information seems compromised.— Matt Johansen (@mattjay) August 27, 2013
Twitter's DNS registration bore the "SEA" mark:
And, ironically, a Twitter account claiming to be connected to the group took responsibility for the disturbances:
The SEA last achieved media recognition — its goal is to become "known to all" — for messing with the Washington Post earlier this month. The Times is attempting to stand strong, while The Wall Street Journal is just being sassy:
We will continue to publish the news. Here is our latest report on Syria: http://t.co/o3idAOaeBa— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 27, 2013
Free read @WSJ paywall is down— WSJ Communications (@WSJPR) August 27, 2013
Update, 5:45 p.m.: The Huffington Post (UK) has also been named as a target: