A screenshot of The New York Times website during its outage. (Photo: USA TODAY)
Jayne O'Donnell, Roger Yu, USA TODAY
The New York Times' website remained down Wednesday morning, 19 hours after a hack attack by what it appears to be the Syrian Electronic Army.
The news organization was sending its news feed through another site - http://news.nytco.com.
It is the second failure of the Times' site in two weeks. It went dark on Aug. 14 due to what the publication said then was an internal problem, not the result of hacking.
The Times said Tuesday the website first crashed at about 3 p.m. ET following an online attack on the company's domain name registrar, Melbourne IT.
Marc Frons, chief information officer for The New York Times Company, didn't directly blame the Syrian Electronic Army. But he told New York Times staffers in a memo that it appears to be the work of the SEA or "someone trying very hard to be them," according to a report by the New York Times.
He also advised the staff to "be careful when sending e-mail communications until this situation is resolved."
The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of hackers who support Syrian President Bashar Assad, claimed responsibility online. Matt Johansen, head of the Threat Research Center at WhiteHat Security, also tweeted Tuesday that he was sent to an SEA domain when he tried to go to the Times' website.
The New York Times Co. didn't immediately comment on whether it fully restored the website Tuesday night. But Wednesday's outage is likely a continuation of the same problem.
Twitter said Tuesday its website also was affected by a similar attack. A Twitter account that seemingly belongs to SEA showed an image Tuesday that indicates SEA also attacked Twitter's domain.