The New York Times website goes down by suspected hack [Update]

Uh-oh! One of the biggest news publications around is going through a website outage, but unfortunately this isn't a mere server error. Apparently, The New York Times website has been hacked and shut down. Little by little, visitors started noticing around 3 p.m. EST that the website was offline, but the outage is now widespread.

"New York Times confirms to me that they suspect their website has been hacked," tweeted Sarah Frier of Bloomberg.

The source of the hack or the motive for the hack has yet to be reported. Two weeks ago the newspaper's website went down for a few hours because of internal reasons. It's hard to say at this point when the website will be back up, but since it started on a small level at 3 p.m. it's technically already been over two hours. The New York Times has over 699,000 digital paid subscribers as of last quarter. They probably aren't too thrilled right now either.

Update: Twitter has been hacked too. The Syrian Electronic Army tweeted that it had changed Twitter's Whois domain records to be under its ownership and has since tweeted threatening to take the microblogging service as well as Huffington Post offline. At this point, it's almost certain the SEA is also responsible for the New York Times hack.

Source: The Next Web | Newspaper image via Shutterstock

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OMG this is the end of the world! Syria is taking over the world, some web pages were hacked! What're we gonna do? WHAT?! ¬¬

I mean, seriously? This barely calls people's attention these days

HOLY CRAP WHAT WILL WE DO WITHOUT TWITTER??!@?!?!


oh yeah, facebook, skype, or a ton of other things....... seriously why does everyone wet their pants over a service that only allows small text messages to be posted on a site, i dont get it, AT ALL....

It's a major website, used by hundreds of millions of people. If someone has hacked it, they could get hundreds of millions of passwords, then use those to hack into emails, bank accounts, etc.

Matthew_Thepc said,
It's a major website, used by hundreds of millions of people. If someone has hacked it, they could get hundreds of millions of passwords, then use those to hack into emails, bank accounts, etc.

That doesnt answer why twitter is so important.

Aleksandar Toplek said,
Cause it's more convenient to read someones 140char message than full page story about what happened to them today on Facebook.

i rarely see full page stories about what a person did on facebook, to be honest i see tons more single posts to twitter that are much more unneeded than a few facebook posts, or 1 personal phone call, or 2-3 instant messages or texts. Yeah phone calls, remember them? bah lets just tweet our extremely unimportant breakfast to the entire world!