It seems as if the NY Times might be in the process of being hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. Computer security expert Matt Johnson, who manages the Threat Research Center at WhiteHat Security, just tweeted out a screenshot that shows the Times’ DNS has been compromised.
— Matt Johansen (@mattjay) August 27, 2013
The Times has been experiencing intermediate outages all day today and it seems as if this is the culprit. Eileen Murphy, VP of Corporate Communications at the Times just tweeted out this:
re: http://t.co/BQE1fJ3uLx – initial assessment – issue is most likely result of malicious external attack. working to fix
— Eileen Murphy (@NYTeileen) August 27, 2013
For now the site is back up but for many users visiting the Times today they were greeted with a blank white page that simply said, “Hacked by the SEA”.
Screenshot courtesy of Gawker