Whether the Syrian Electronic Army was responsible for the New York Times website being down remained to be confirmed. When asked by ABC News about any Syria links, New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy had no comment.
Rick Holland, information security expert at Forrester Research, said that if the SEA was indeed behind today's attacks, "this is continued behavior that we have seen for the last couple of years. This isn't anything new for this group."
In the past, the same Twitter account claimed responsibility on behalf of the Syrian Electronic Army for an Aug. 15 attack on the Washington Post, as well as attacks on the websites for CNN and Time.
In recent months, the SEA has publicly taken credit for a series of high-profile cyber assaults, including taking over the Twitter feeds of prominent organizations such as The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Post and the satirical news site The Onion.