On August 27, 2013, the website of the New York Times was unavailable after an online attack was reported on the domain name of the registrar. The attack on the website also forced the company’s employees to be careful in terms of sending emails.
This latest incident marks the second time in August 2013 that the website of The New York Times was unavailable for several hours. The chief information officer at the New York Times, Marc Frons issued a statement at 4:20 pm on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 and warned employees that the disruption happened due to a malicious external attack.
The attack appeared to be affecting the website well into the evening. The New York Times employees were advised to be careful when sending emails until the situation is resolved. Frons in an interview said that the attack was carried out by a group known as the Syrian Electronic Army, or even someone else who was trying hard to be them.
Just a day earlier, on August 26, 2013, the website was also down for many hours and New York Times said at the time that it was due to technical problems and that there was no indication that the site has been hacked.
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