Security weakness left New York Times (NYT) vulnerable. Security experts say the NYT website was brought down because of an IT “misstep” that allowed hackers to redirect users, CIO Journal reports. Members of the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into the Times’ registrar, a third party company where the site’s underlying Internet address is stored, and changed it to bring users to the group’s own site, Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the news company, told CIO Journal. The Times site is now back up, she said, although some users may still be redirected to the incorrect address, still saved to some computers. Security experts, who viewed online registry records captured during the attack, say the hackers were able to temporarily bring down the site because the Times did not lock access to its domain name system registry. Locking the domain would have prevented any changes to the address without a second authentication from the Times, or their administrator.


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