Washington Post readers directed to the Syrian Electronic Army's site following hack

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has targeted the Washington Post, with readers on certain stories being directed to the group’s site.

The Post published an editor’s note, which read:“The Washington Post Web site was hacked today, with readers on certain stories being redirected to the site of the Syrian Electronic Army. The group is a hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“The Post is working to resolve the issue.”

Speculation was rife yesterday that the New York Times blackout, which lasted several hours, was due to a cyber attack. However the Times stated that a systems upgrade caused the website, mobile apps and internal email system to shut down.

The SEA has claimed responsibility for hacking several high-profile news organisations, including Thomson Reuters, the Financial Times, the Associated Press, the Guardian, CBS and the Onion.

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