For several hours Tuesday, NYTimes.com was unavailable, and hours later, a similar cyber attack was made against Twitter.
The Syrian Electronic Army, loyal to the Assad regime, has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news reports.
The Times website, once it was restored, prominently featured this response on its home page:
To Our Readers
Our Web site was unavailable to users in the United States for a time on Tuesday. The disruption was the result of an external attack on our domain name registrar, and we are at work on fully restoring service. We regret if this has caused you any inconvenience.
— The New York Times
The same hackers struck last spring, hijacking Twitter accounts of the Associated Press, The Guardian, “60 Minutes,” and even The Onion.
The cyber attacks come as the United States weighs military action against Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons against its own people.
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