Some readers could not access the New York Times site on Tuesday; others were redirected to a Web page featuring what appeared to be the SEA’s logo.
Twitter remained functional for many users, too, although the company said in a statement that some of its domain codes were “modified” and that “viewing of images and photos was sporadically impacted” over about a 90-minute period. It made no mention of the cause of the problem. It also said no user information was affected.
But at one point, the SEA claimed it had taken over Twitter’s domain, or Web address, which would enable it to shift traffic headed to the site to its own servers.
The outage at the Times was its second in two weeks. The newspaper said the first one, on Aug. 14, was due to an internal problem.
This time, spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the cause was a “malicious external attack,” but she didn’t identify the source.
Sophos security researcher Chester Wisniewski confirmed that the name servers listed on a directory entry are controlled by SyrianElectronicArmy.com.
August has been a particularly bad month for prominent outages. Several news Web sites, including The Post, were affected by a breach at the third-party content provider Outbrain, which redirected some visitors to sites promoting the Syrian Electronic Army.
Google and Amazon were hit with technical problems that took down their Web sites. An Amazon Web Services outage this past weekend also affected the performance of services such as Netflix, Instagram and Vine. Last week, the Nasdaq Stock Market was forced to halt trading for three hours after a “technical glitch.”