The New York Times’ website has crashed. Please note our funny headline. Thanks.
This pretty much never happens, but NYTimes.com has been down since about 11:15 am. That’s a long time for the one place millions go for their news.
We’ve reached out to the Times to see what happened, and we’ll update when we get word back. For now, enjoy some Times’ staffers jokes about the outage.
They say there’s always an uptick in media babies born 9 months after an http://t.co/4fASL44vMX outage.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 14, 2013
All the news that’s fit to Http/1.1 Service Unavailable
— John Schwartz — NYT (@jswatz) August 14, 2013
Relax, we’re just marking the 10 year anniversary of the blackout.
— Paul Werdel (@prwerdel) August 14, 2013
Update (12:45 pm):
Almost two hours now and NYTimes.com is still down. This has got to be approaching a record. Fox Business is reporting that the site is under a “cyber attack,” but until that’s confirmed, take it with a grain of salt.
Update (1:01 pm):
Looks like Fox was wrong. Raise your hand if you’re surprised. The Times says the error occurred internally:
internal email: “We believe the outage” stems from “an internal issue, which we expect to be resolved soon.
— Daniel E. Slotnik (@DSlotnik) August 14, 2013
Update (1:42 pm):
Most of NYTimes.com is now functional. We also received the following statement from a Times spokesperson: “The outage occurred within seconds of a scheduled maintenance update, which we believe was the cause. We are working on fully restoring access to the site.”