"All the media outlets that we targeted were publishing false/fabricated news about the situation in Syria," he told the BBC. "Our work doesn't need funds. It just needs a computer and internet connection."
Until this week's attacks, the SEA's efforts had largely focused on "phishing" social media accounts, tricking users into handing over log-in details. In one particularly effective attack, the Twitter account of the Associated Press was compromised, and the group posted a tweet saying US President Barack Obama had been hurt in an explosion. The New York Times attack was more damaging, however, as the hackers were able to redirect people trying to visit the newspaper to the SEA's website instead, albeit briefly.
"Our goal was to deliver our anti-war message on NY Times website - but our server couldn't last for three minutes," the group said. "The Twitter attack was because of the suspension of our accounts on Twitter by its management. "We succeeded in our attack as we expected."