On Tuesday, The New York Times’ website went down for several hours. The outage was the result of of an attack on Melbourne IT, the company’s domain name registrar, according to the New York Times.
The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility for hacking the domain name servers. The Syrian Electronic Army is a group of hackers aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The group claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter.
The New York Times, as well as many other news organizations, has become a favorite target of hackers looking to draw attention to their causes.