New York Times, Twitter hacked? Syrian Electronic Army suspected; Update: Dow Jones ‘pounces’

The New York Times has confirmed that its website has been taken offline by hackers, likely as part of a “malicious external attack.”

The Syrian Electronic Army, which has quite an impressive record of hacking into media outlets, hasn’t claimed responsibility, but some are already pointing fingers.

Uh oh: Some are reporting problems with the Wall Street Journal as well.

The New York Times isn’t the only one whose DNS seems to have been taken over. This is big.

Someone calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army has claimed credit for hacking Twitter.

Business Insider is reporting that the disappearing Wall Street Journal paywall isn’t the work of hackers but an attempt by the Journal’s marketing folks to scoop up some of the Times’ displaced readership. Clever, or cold?

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Update: The Huffington Post UK has been compromised as well.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets and the headline amended to reflect developments.


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  • WhoMeToo


  • Tim S.

    One of the items on the WSJ front page online (still available), is the video “How Syria Uses Twitter, YouTube As Weapons of War”.

  • Clete Torres

    SEA takes down the NYT…should we really be so hard on the Syrians after all?

  • TocksNedlog

    OR, it could be Anonymous posing as the S.E.A. in order to stir up trouble.
    OR, it could be the NSA producing a reason to justify retaliation against Syria by means electronic (or otherwise).
    OR, . . .

    • IceColdTroll


  • MarkJMills

    Would a single word in the NYT or HuffPoo be changed if the SEA took them over? I don’t think so….

  • arttie

    I would like to see 6 word NYT news stories. It could be fun.

  • Jack Deth

    If The New York Times electronic version crashes and burns in the forest, who cares?

  • fireandreamitchell

    The Syrian Electronic Army must not realize that by taking out the New York Times left wing propaganda website, they are doing Americans a great service!

  • Jerry Camp

    It certainly explains the Times penchant for supporting America’s enemies, wouldn’t it?