The NY Times was hacked for the second time this month.
It’s working to make its website available again for all readers after it was disrupted by a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army in an exploit that also affected Twitter.
The group disrupted traffic to the websites by hacking yesterday into registration-services provider Melbourne IT Ltd. (MLB), which handles the online addresses of nytimes.com and twitter.co.uk, according to Tony Smith, a spokesman for the Melbourne-based company.
The Times instructed readers who can’t access its home page to go to an alternate site.
Some users initially reported being redirected to the Syrian group’s sites. Many were simply unable to access the pages at all.
The Syrian Electronic Army, which backs the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, has also claimed responsibility for hacking the Washington Post this month and the Financial Times in early May, redirecting readers to its own websites and videos.
“The credentials of a Melbourne IT reseller (username and password) were used to access a reseller account on Melbourne IT’s systems,” Smith wrote in an e-mail. He said the login information was obtained through phishing, a technique used to obtain private data by imitating legitimate websites.
It may take time before all users can get normal access to the newspaper’s site, Smith said. Times employees have been instructed to use caution when sending sensitive e-mails, the newspaper said.
The Syrians attacked again,
Subscribers again complained;
They did it times two,
Who’s next? Maybe you,
We’re sorry’s the current refrain.
The Syrians did some Phishing,
For data they were a whishing;
They went through Melbourne,
Resulting in scorn,
The Times must be Syrian dissing.
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