With Syria currently a powder keg, the conflict has spread online. As Brendan Sasso of The Hill reports:

Hackers aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad were apparently behind an attack that shut down The New York Times website for several hours on Tuesday.

The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of hackers who support the Syrian government, claimed credit for the attack. In a Twitter post, the group said it planned to deliver an anti-war message but that its servers could only handle the traffic for a few minutes.
Some users reported seeing pro-Syrian messages on, but many were unable to load the site at all.

The group also claimed to have hacked Twitter and The Huffington Post’s U.K. website.

Both the Twitter and Huffington Post hacks were relatively minor, thankfully.