An online attack that breached the New York Times’ domain name registrar, Melbourne IT, was responsible for the company’s several hour website outage.
The exploit was primarily the result of the Times’ virtual registration records being altered by the Syrian Electronic Army, reporters wrote in a story posted on the Times’ makeshift website,
From the NYT:
The attacks Tuesday on Twitter and The New York Times required significantly more skill than the string of S.E.A. attacks on media outlets earlier this year, when the group attacked Twitter accounts for dozens of outlets ranging from The Guardian to The Associated Press. Those attacks caused the stock market to plunge after the group planted false tales of explosions at the White House.
“In terms of the sophistication of the attack, this is a big deal,” said Mr. Frons. “It’s sort of like breaking into the local savings and loan versus breaking into Fort Knox. A domain registrar should have extremely tight security because they are holding the security to hundreds if not thousands of Web sites.”
As of about 6:30, the NYT’s website was running over http://220.127.116.11/