Here’s What We Know About The Syrian Electronic Army’s Widespread Digital Attack

UPDATED: The victims include The New York Times, Twitter, and The Huffington Post UK.

1. The New York Times website went down around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, which The Times’ Facebook page explained was due to a “malicious external attack.”

3. In April, The Syrian Electronic Army hacked the Associated Press Twitter account, announcing false explosions at the White House.

The group has also hacked the Washington Post, National Public Radio, CBS News, and the Onion.

5. The newest Twitter account belonging to the Syrian Electronic Army did not claim that they were behind the attack on The New York Times, however.

11. The New York Times’ chief information officer issued a statement regarding the attack saying it was the result of an external attack by “the Syrian Electronic Army or someone trying very hard to be them.”

12. UPDATE — Aug 27, 2013 7:05 p.m. ET: Officials told NBC News that the FBI is “aware of the hack and is looking into it.”

13. UPDATE — Aug 27, 2013 7:09 p.m. ET: Twitter issued a statement about the attack:

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