The New York Times (NYT) Web site is down. The site went down at approximately 11:40 AM Eastern Daylight Savings time (EDT).
Officially, according to the NYT twitter account, all the paper has to say is that "The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We expect to be back up shortly." And, then a follow-up,a few minutes, later saying "There are technical difficulties at http://nyti.ms/w0c0wo that we hope to resolve soon. "
It's not just the NYT Web site. According to sources at the paper, the nytimes.com e-mail servers are also down.
A latter NYT tweet confirmed this, "As you are undoubtedly aware, we are experiencing a server issue that has resulted in our e-mail and Web site being unavailable." The paper also reported that the they beleive that the "outage is the result of an internal issue, which we expect to be resolved soon."
One report, from Fox Business News, states that the corporate and media sites of The New York Times were experiencing a major cyber attack. Fox's source also said that the NYT IT staff have been working with security experts to assess and deal with the problem.
The NYT outage report comes the same week that a Chinese hacker group behind previous, persistent attacks against the Times and other media outlets has reportedly launched new attacks against yet-to-be-identified targets.
While services are being restored, the NYT is posting key stories to its Facebook page.
At this time, approximately 1:20 PM EDT, the important news site is still down.