New York Magazine's Website Goes Dark After Posting Story on Bill Cosby Accusers
A hacker took credit, claiming it had nothing to do with Cosby and everything to do with his hatred of New York.
New York magazine's website went offline late Sunday night after posting a story about 35 women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual abuse.
The magazine posted the story Sunday night alongside a black-and-white cover of its latest issue which featured the accusers.
Around 2:30 a.m. ET on Monday morning, the magazine tweeted that its website was experiencing "technical difficulties."
Our site is experiencing technical difficulties. We are aware of the issue, and working on a fix.— New York Magazine (@NYMag) July 27, 2015
A Twitter user who goes by the name of Vikingdom2016 took responsibility for an XML attack on the site.
Lol, we ruined New York big night.— Vikingdom2016 (@Vikingdom2016) July 27, 2015
http://t.co/pJeaQkGh0M will be down for hours.... :D ENJOY— Vikingdom2016 (@Vikingdom2016) July 27, 2015
The self-described hacker, who also goes by the name of ThreatKing, told Daily Dot that the attack had nothing to do with the Cosby story, but instead was due to his hatred of New York.
"Many stupid people at [sic] New York," ThreatKing wrote during a Skype chat. "I have not even seen the cover, LOL."
He added that a recent visit to New York spurred his hatred.
"I went to new York 2 months ago. It was really bad. Someone pranked me. Everyone started laughing and shit. The first 10 hours being there. Some African-American tried to prank me with a fake hand gun."
He added that he "[wants] to see people die at [sic] New York." Vikingdom2016 also claimed attacks on some government websites earlier this year, including maine.gov.
Meanwhile, New York magazine posted audio of the cover story on Instagram and published the entire story on Tumblr as a means to get the article to its readers.
The website was working again by 11:15 a.m. PT on Monday.
July 27, 11:19 a.m. This story has been updated to reflect New York magazine's website becoming accessible again.