NEW YORK - Twitter and The New York Times were hit with cyber attacks on Tuesday, with credit quickly claimed by a group backing embattled Syrian strongman Bashar Al-Assad.
The Syrian Electronic Army, ironically, used Twitter to tout its efforts to take down the globally popular one-to-many messaging service and the Times news website.
"Media is going down," a message at the group's Twitter account proclaimed.
"Twitter, are you ready?"
The cyber attack was evidently aimed at the Domain Name System that that acts as a directory of sorts for routing online traffic to website addresses.
Hackers can hijack web traffic by altering DNS address information to send site visitors to websites of their choosing.
An Australian domain registration service appeared to have been hit in the attack.
"Our DNS provider experienced an issue in which it appears DNS records for various organisations were modified, including one of Twitter's domains used for image serving, twimg.com," Twitter said in a post at its status blog.
"Viewing of images and photos was sporadically impacted," the San Francisco-based company's message explained.
"No Twitter user information was affected by this incident."