Stop the presses. The New York Times's website is down. For the first time (in what seems like forever) the Gray Lady's web site, nytimes.com, has gone down, shutting down one major way people get news and depriving good people of today's dining section. An elaborate hack? A harmless glitch? We've contacted The Times to get the word. Here's one eyewitness to the crash:
@tmcgev Like, the whole site froze up, and it kept playing the damn audio even after I forced closed the tab— Andrew Rice (@riceid) August 14, 2013
If you are in desperate need of The Times, there is slight hope. Times tech blogger Jenna Wortham points out that the mobile version is still accessible:
Hm. The mothership is down but the NYT mobile app seems to be fully functional...— Jenna Wortham ♥ (@jennydeluxe) August 14, 2013
Remain calm folks, there's always this version.
Update 11:45 a.m. The New York Times is down, and The New York Times is on it, tweets staffer Patrick LaForge. Dining section fans, hang in there.
The @nytimes site is indeed down. Problem is being fixed.— Patrick LaForge, NYT (@palafo) August 14, 2013
Update 11:50 a.m. Yes, The New York Times site was even down for the almighty Drudge Report, which is linking, in vain, to this story about the Clinton Foundation.
Update 11:55 a.m. Breaking (get it?): There's now official word from The Times themselves on the outage, further cementing that Twitter is where everyone get their news.
The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We expect to be back up shortly.— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 14, 2013
Update 11:58 a.m. The New York Times has not explained what went wrong with the site, but apparently Fox Business is reporting The Times is the subject of a cyberattack. (Cue the meta schadenfreude and the earnest "breaking" label.)
Update 12:04 p.m. The e-mails we've (and others) sent to corporate contacts have all come back with the message: "Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently." This is leading to the speculation that the problem may be a server problem.
Update 12:22 p.m. The first conspiracy theory on The New York Times outage is here:
The New York Times publishes a seemingly anti-Clinton story, and its website is cyber-attacked a couple of hours later? Interesting...— Sally M (@proverbial_one) August 14, 2013
Update 12:35 p.m. More word from The Times staffers sounds like it came from within the company, not the cyber attack Fox is reporting. Here's a snippet of information on that patch from The Times's Daniel Slotnick:
NYT Web site update: we're hearing that a malfunctioning system patch somehow brought down the site and email.— Daniel E. Slotnik (@DSlotnik) August 14, 2013
And another Times staffer, says the company is telling employees that the outage is an internal issue, batting down the idea of a massive cyber attack:
NYT says outage is due to an "internal issue," "expect to be resolved soon" per email to staff. So not a hack?— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) August 14, 2013
And here is The New York Times's communications team is confirming the "internal issue."
We believe the outage is the result of an internal issue, which we expect to be resolved soon. (2/3)— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 14, 2013
Update 1:03 p.m. It's alive! The Times website has now been restored for a few of us (Wire staffers are finding that it's loading faster on some of our computers compared to others. A couple still can't get it to load.).