New York Times back up after going down for several hours

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(CNN) — The New York Times’ website and mobile apps were down Wednesday, the apparent result of an “internal issue,” according to the company. Shortly before 2 p.m., it appeared the site was up and running.

The site became inaccessible sometime after 10 a.m. ET. The outage had lasted more than two hours when this report was written.

“We believe the outage is the result of an internal issue, which we expect to be resolved soon,” tweeted Eileen Murphy, vice president of communications for the New York Times, at 12:47 p.m. ET.

“The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties,” the paper wrote earlier on its main Twitter feed. “We expect to be back up shortly.”

On Twitter and other social media, people were reacting to the outage, sometimes with humor.

“NYTimes.com is down,” tweeted Renda Morton, a designer at the paper. “Luckily we printed it out for you last night. $2.”

“The NYTimes Website right now has taken the need for “more white space” a little too literally,” tweeted Nick Bilton, a New York Times technology columnist.

It was not immediately clear Wednesday whether the outage was caused by an internal error or a cyberattack.

The Times has been targeted by hackers in the past. The newspaper announced in January that Chinese hackers had carried out sustained attacks on its computer systems.