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Hackers got in by way of an aptly-named third party service called Outbrain, said the Post.
The Washington Post said Thursday that its website had been compromised by the Syrian Electronic Army.
The SEA, a hacker group loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, also tweeted the deed:
— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) August 15, 2013
As of this writing, content on CNN.com and TIME.com does not appear to be linking to SEA websites like some of the Post's content.
The Post's technicians have identified Outbrain is the source of the problem, and the provider tweeted on Thursday that its services are currently down due to an unspecified attack:
Due to an attack, our recommendations are down. Our team is working to get our system secure & up shortly. Apologize for any inconvenience.
— Outbrain (@Outbrain) August 15, 2013
The SEA reportedly told Hacker News that they have access to Outbrain's email inbox.
No additional information was immediately available.