N.Y. Times Site Attacked

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -

Readers who tried to click on the New York Times’ website got nothing but error messages for several hours during the site’s second major disruption this month. A hacker group calling itself the “Syrian Electronic Army” claimed responsibility.

Within minutes of Tuesday’s attack, The New York Times quickly set up alternative websites, posting stories about chemical attacks in Syria. “Not Easy to Hide a Chemical Attack, Experts Say,” was the headline of one. The service was restored Wednesday.

“Our website was unavailable to users in the United States for a time on Tuesday,” the newspaper said in a post on its website. “The disruption was the result of an external attack on our domain name registrar, and we are at work on fully restoring service. We regret if this has caused you any inconvenience.”

Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the disruption was caused by a “malicious external attack” that affected its website and email.