SAN JOSE, Calif. - A hacker group calling itself the "Syrian Electronic Army" is claiming responsibility for taking down the New York Times' website.
Users of the site during the afternoon received error messages. The Times announced in a Twitter message that it would continue to publish news.
The Syrian Electronic Army also claims to have taken over Twitter and Huffington Post U.K.
The New York Times' website was inaccessible Tuesday afternoon in its second major disruption this month.
Visitors were able to reach the home page by typing its Internet protocol address, 22.214.171.124 , into a Web browser.
But the common way of typing NYTimes.com produced error messages, as directory information got changed and led visitors astray.
Many of the site's links also didn't work because they relied on the NYTimes.com domain name.
Times officials did not immediately return phone and email messages for comment. In a Twitter message, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the cause was a "malicious external attack."
Two weeks ago, the Times' website suffered an outage that the company blamed on a server problem.
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