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New York Times Hacked? Apparent Cyberattack Takes Down Website

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 01:45 PM

By Alexandra Ward

The New York Times' corporate and media sites suffered a cyber attack Wednesday, a source told Fox Business. After the site was down for about an hour, a New York Times employee said on Twitter that the cause was an internal problem, nothing malicious from the outside.

The paper, NYTimes.com, and its corporate site, NYTco.com, went down around 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time  with an error message that read "http/1.1 Service Unavailable."

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A number of messages came over Twitter after the site closed down:

The attack was suggested to be a DDoS one, or "Denial-of-Service," which makes a site unavailable to its users.

However, obituary staff member Daniel Slotnik posted several tweets saying that internal emails at the New York Times said it was a system problem.

The Times reported in January that its computer systems had been infiltrated by Chinese hackers, who stole reporters' passwords and hunted for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of a top Chinese leader. 

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