(AP) The New York Times had its Internet connections disrupted for several hours by what one administrator called a “storm of data” Tuesday.
According to an internal memo e-mailed to Times employees by network administrator Terry Schwadron, the newspaper started receiving a “huge amount of electronic transmissions that flooded the machinery that protects the paper from hacker attacks.”
Schwadron wrote in the memo that the company didn’t know if “it was malicious, but there seems to be no innocent explanation.” He also wrote that it may have been a “deliberate attack.”
Kathy Park, a New York Times spokeswoman said that some newspaper employees were “experiencing difficulty accessing the Internet from their computers.” Park said the technology staff was trying to determine the reason.
The Times‘ Web site, however, was apparently unaffected.
In the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Schwadron wrote that the effects of the ‘”denial of service’ activity has been to block our access to the Internet.”