NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Times' website was inaccessible Tuesday afternoon in its second major disruption this month.
Visitors were able to reach the home page by typing its Internet protocol address, 188.8.131.52 , into a Web browser. But the common way of typing NYTimes.com produced error messages, as directory information got changed and led visitors astray. Many of the site's links also didn't work because they relied on the NYTimes.com domain name. The cause was unknown, but the behavior was consistent with a hacking attack.
Times officials did not immediately return phone and email messages for comment. In a Twitter message, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the cause was a "malicious external attack."
Two weeks ago, the Times' website suffered an outage that the company blamed on a server problem.
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