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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Hackers supportive of the Syrian Government have managed to shut down the New York Times website.

And there's a Melbourne link. This morning, people using the New York Times website were redirected to a server controlled by a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army.

The website was offline for at least three hours. The New York Times is calling it a "malicious external attack".

Internet company Melbourne IT, which manages the website's address, says human error was to blame. It says two staff members at an American company it uses as a reseller responded to a bogus email and provided their personal details.

THEO HNARAKIS, MELBOURNE IT CEO: These perpetrators have then used their personal details to work through their emails and secure bona fide usernames and passwords of one of the customers they look after and one of those customers is the New York Times, unfortunately. And then by getting the username and password of that customer, they were able to redelegate the details and actually shut down that website.

TONY JONES: Melbourne IT said it was a sophisticated attack. It's reviewing security, but says it can't guarantee it won't happen again.