New York Times' site hit by 'malicious external attack'

The New York Times' website was inaccessible this evening, likely due to a "malicious external attack," spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said:

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re: http://t.co/BQE1fJ3uLx - initial assessment - issue is most likely result of malicious external attack. working to fix

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The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We are working on fully restoring the site.

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If you are continuing to experience difficulty accessing http://t.co/SzEQTqHIZB, we are also publishing updates at http://t.co/XFJ9he7Yt0.

Though users can still access the newspaper's site by typing its internet protocol address, 170.149.168.130, into a web browser, typing nytimes.com produced error messages.

Two weeks ago, the Times' website suffered an outage that the company blamed on a server problem.

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