Hackers: Pro-Assad Group Targets US Websites
Pro-Assad regime hackers claim to have targeted leading US media websites, shutting down the New York Times for 30 minutes.
The Syrian Electronic Army said it had hacked sites belonging to Twitter and the Huffington Post, making them unstable, as well as closing down the NYT.
The NYT attributed the meltdown to a "malicious external attack".
When users attempted to visit www.nytimes.com, the only message that appeared was "Hacked by the SEA".
Meanwhile, Twitter confirmed the hack saying "viewing of images and photos was sporadically impacted", but added that "no user information was affected".
The SEA boasted in a tweet: "Hi @Twitter, look at your domain, its owned by #SEA :)"
While the Twitter site continued to function as normal, the SEA claimed to have changed domain details, redirecting social media traffic to its own server.
The shadowy hacker collective has also claimed to have changed domain details belonging to the Huffington Post news site.
The latest attacks come weeks after the Twitter feed of the Associated Press news agency was targeted.
The feed falsely reported that Barack Obama was injured in an attack on the White House.
The Washington Post website was also hacked this month in an attack blamed on the same group.
The SEA infiltrates organisations it perceives to be aligned against the Assad government.
The string of cyber attacks comes as US leaders have publicly discussed the possibility of launching an attack against the Assad government.
The potential for military action comes amid claims Mr Assad deployed chemical weapons on the Syrian people, two years into the nation's civil war.