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New York Times website goes down

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 11:34 AM ET
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The website of The New York Times suffered an outage Wednesday that lasted several hours.

(Read more: Threat from cybercrime? 'You ain't seen nothing yet')

The site, which apparently went down a little after 11:00 a.m. ET, continues to be difficult to reach. Users who tried to visit the site received a "Service Unavailable" message.

The website returned briefly a little after 1:00 p.m. ET but quickly became unavailable again. It then returned to normal a little before 2:00 p.m. ET.

While the site was down, the Times published several articles on Facebook via its page on the social network. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal, a competitor of the Times, removed its paywall for a few hours while the Times was unavailable.


The site's Lede Blog sent a tweet at 11:21 a.m. ET that acknowledged the company was aware of the problem.

While the cause of the outage is unclear, a NYT spokesperson said that the company had "no reason to believe" the disruption was the result of an outside attack, according to a Washington Post report.

(Read more: Cybercrime may cost US economy $100 billion, says new study )

By CNBC's Cadie Thompson. Follow her on Twitter @CadieThompson.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the NYT iOS app was also unavailable.

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