According to some Internet reports, the public website of the New York Times went offline for two hours on Wednesday. The site became inaccessible at around 11 a. m. Eastern time; with the outage spanning nearly an hour in some parts of US, and a longer duration in some other parts.
Going by the outage-related details shared by the New York Times' officials, the public website of the bigwig media outlet went offline because of a failure that occurred during the regular maintenance of NYTimes. com, and not due to a cyberattack.
The New York Times Company's spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said that the outage of the media outlet's website "occurred within seconds of a scheduled maintenance update being pushed out." Murphy also hinted that it was the maintenance update process which took the website offline.
Although the New York Times website was brought back online at about 1:15 p. m. Eastern time, the service still remained intermittent for a much longer time. It was by around 3 p. m. that the news articles started being published again on the site, after the outage.
About the probable reason behind the Wednesday outage of the New York Times website, IOActive's Chief Technology Officer Gunter Ollmann said that "based upon a couple of screen shots that people have posted it could have been something as simple as a misconfigured DNS server or load balancer;" and added: "From the underground side, there's no discussions or perps claiming responsibility. I tend to believe that this was likely self-inflicted."
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