Those hopping onto the New York Times for a look at the headlines were met with this message Wednesday:

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Visitors to the New York Times Wednesday morning saw this message. (Image: NYTimes.com screenshot)

The outage of the website was confirmed by the New York Times on Twitter.

The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We expect to be back up shortly.
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@nytimes
The New York Times
There are technical difficulties at http://t.co/i5NQrTmXJp that we hope to resolve soon. For news on Egypt's crisis, follow @
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@nytimes
The New York Times
We believe the outage is the result of an internal issue, which we expect to be resolved soon. (2/3)
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@nytimes
The New York Times

The Times’ corporate website NYTco.com was down beginning late morning as well.

Just what caused the website of the major American newspaper to go down is not yet clear. The Associated Press reported the Times’ spokeswoman Danielle Rhodes Ha saying the newspaper is looking into the situation but offered no further insights.

In addition, the AP reported emails sent to contacts with New York Times email addresses were returned as undeliverable.

Matt Egan with Fox Business reported unnamed sources saying it’s a cyberattack.

Breaking: Website of @ is under #cyber attack, source tells @ - $NYT #DDoS
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Matt Egan

The hashtag DDOS in Egan’s tweet references a common form of cyberattack known as a distributed denial of service. This type of attack floods a server with traffic to make websites unavailable.

Some have taken to Twitter to share other interesting and funny theories as to what might have downed the sites as well. Here’s a look at a few:

@ @ Maybe the one moderate caused it to capsize.
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@laura_lrnzo
Laura L
Did somebody trip over a cord or will Anonymous step up take credit for the NY Times being down?
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@kurtisscaletta
Kurtis Scaletta
Funny. As @ launches site redesign, @ crashes. Coincidence? I THINK SO.
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@CharlatAnne
Charlotte
NY Times is down. Clearly a protest by the hacker group "Kydians" for yesterday's Shakespeare authorship story.
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@ShakespeareGeek
Duane Morin
NY Times Website MYSTERIOUSLY DOWN After CRITICIZING CLINTON' http://t.co/hjvd4xXvKX via @
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@THECOUNTnews
TheCount.com
Turn it off and on again. “@: The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties. We expect to be back up shortly.”
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@bgporter
brett g porter
@ don’t tell me Jeff bezos is buying you too
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@segue13
segue13
What a brilliant way to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2003 blackout, @.
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@jolshan
Jeremy Olshan
Advice to NY Times IT Dept. Is the device plugged in? Are there magnets in the general vicinity. Did you forget log in info? #easypeasy
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@BBrad114
Brad Maione
NYTimes takes down Clinton Foundation and then NYTs website is KO'd #ThingsThatMakeYouSayHmmm http://t.co/yOK06UubbP "
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@ellejaii
Elle Jai

If you have your own theory as to why the Times website went down, share it in our comments section.

Update 1: As of just after 1 p.m. EST, both of the New York Times websites were back online. While it was offline and working to restore function, the Times continued to post stories of breaking news to its Facebook page.

Update 2: The Times cited “a scheduled maintenance update” as the likely source of the outage.

 

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