New York Times website goes down with reports suggesting it has been hit by a cyber attack
The New York Times websites, mobile apps, and email system have plunged into darkness with rumours already circulating that it is the result of a cyber attack. Around 4.30pm/ 11.30am ET, the site went down with tweets from the paper thereafter simply saying it was “experiencing technical difficulties.”As well as the main website and corporate site, emails sent to New York Times email addresses were returned as undeliverable.Fox News reported that the outage was due to a cyber attack, with unnamed sources revealing that outside security professionals had been brought in to assess the threat.The New York Times has been victim to cyber attacks in the past, as reported by The Drum earlier this year.However, others on Twitter have offered some lighter commentary on the technical problems.
The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We expect to be back up shortly.— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 14, 2013
This makes the New York Times the first major newspaper to end online operations and return to a print-only format. Bold move.— Richard Morrison (@RichardMorrison) August 14, 2013
The NYTimes Website right now has taken the need for "more white space" a little too literally.— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) August 14, 2013
Found a workaround to http://t.co/46BkUCFBeX. The downside is that it stains your fingers and you have to wait a day for an update.— Andres Almeida (@andresdavid) August 14, 2013