On Monday, New York Magazine unveiled a powerful cover featuring 35 women who say they're victims of Bill Cosby, and whose stories have never been believed — until now. The cover follows six months of research by the magazine, as well as two high-profile leaked depositions that saw Cosby, once a beloved figure, boast about his conquests of younger women and admit to obtaining Quaaludes to have sex with them. Unfortunately, as of Monday morning, the New York Magazine website is down. (Update: As of Monday morning, the website is back up.)
You'd think that this might be due to the high influx of traffic to the story. However, Daily Dot is reporting another possibility: hackers. An anonymous New York Magazine employee told the Daily Dot that he or she believed the publication was the target of an online attack. A hacker named ThreatKing has taken credit for dismantling the site, although the magazine hasn't confirmed or denied this, merely Tweeting that it was working on fixing the problem. "Our site is experiencing technical difficulties. We are aware of the issue, and working on a fix," it Tweeted Monday morning.
Regardless, you still don't have access to the publication online, and it's a story everybody should read. Here are some of your options...
- The first, of course, is to buy a physical copy of New York Magazine, which is on newsstands now. I know, I know, paying for things you usually get for free is a pain, but it's worth it to support good journalism. You can buy a copy of the magazine in many bookstores and newsstands. And if you're absolutely unwilling to go down the street to your nearest newsstand, I have a couple other ideas too.
- The iPad app is apparently still working and is free to download. You have to have a subscription to see the print version of the magazine, but the NYMag.com version, which looks just like the website and contains the article, is free. If you buy a subscription via Amazon to read on Kindle devices, you get a 30-day free trial period. Another option is to buy a subscription through Groupon and wait for it to come in the mail.
- You can also listen to two of the women's testimonies on Instagram to get you through until the site is up again. The magazine has posted recordings of Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy bunny, and Louisa Moritz, an actress, sharing their testimonies.
Hopefully, the New York Magazine site will be available soon. ThreatKing said he would try to keep the site down for 14 hours. It's likely that he'll give up, the magazine will fix the problem, or traffic will slow within the next couple days. Then, you can cozy up with your laptop, a cup of tea, and an hour to dig into the newest New York Magazine feature.
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