The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) website crashed on Wednesday morning after a news-heavy day on Tuesday. The news giant shared the following tweet at 11:53 am, “The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We expect to be back up shortly.”
Fox Business Network reports that the website was hit by a cyber attack. This story is still breaking. Matt Egan and Jennifer Booten explained, “The company, which has been the target of Chinese hackers in the past, did not directly respond to multiple requests for comment from FOX Business. Both the newspaper, NYtimes.com, and its corporate site, NYTco.com, were down at about 11:30 am ET. The outage, which appeared as “HTTP 503 Service Unavailable,” was also reported on Sitedown.co.”
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New York Times crash tweets
The website’s crash is a popular topic on Twitter as everyone seems to tweet a message about it.
On The Media reports, “So how long has the The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) website been down, gang?”
Eric Westby from the Washington Post added, “NYTimes.com is down the instant http://NPR.org ‘s redesign is up! Coincidence? Or the best evil scheme ever? #nprlaunch”
Paul Werdel (assistant editor for digital platforms at NYTimes, said “Relax, we’re just marking the 10 year anniversary of the blackout.”
The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) reportedly went down at 11:15 am eastern standard time.
Website outages and crashed are becoming increasingly more common, most particularly on major consumer service websites.
New York Times reports no evidence of hacking … yet
New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) representative Ellen Murphy said the company was looking into the outage but she didn’t have any information as to whether the website was hacked or not.
This outage could be a serious problem for the website as it’s considered one of the most important online news sources in the nation. If the website was hacked into, the company will have to take special care regarding sensitive consumer information from subscribers.