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Can we be sure the New York Times has sufficient security to not get hacked again?

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First, I want to say, that I have no credible evidence that the New York Times has been hacked again; like they were in 2013.  But the fact that one of their websites (the wonderful Mapping America site) has not been working for 12 hours, without any apparent response from them, gives me reason to think they don’t even know that part of their website isn’t working (and I tried it on 3 web browsers, and the error is a server side error):

Error 503 Service Unavailable

Service Unavailable

Guru Meditation:

XID: 1439580846

Again, I don’t think that this error suggests that this part of the website has been hacked.  But since this started last night, and doesn’t even have a “Sorry we are having technical difficulties” type of message, showing they are aware of the problem; this suggests strongly that they don’t have good monitoring systems in place yet, that will catch problems.

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Written by Jacob Walker

January 27th, 2016 at 9:39 am

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  1. […] I posted last week, it’s Mapping America site has not been working, either giving intermittent “503 […]

  2. […] I have been posting about recently, The New York Times had one of their websites down for about a week (at least), which I contacted them about.   They sent me a generic response, and […]

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