On Thursday, Newsweek published a Kurt Eichenwald-penned piece about a Donald Trump-owned company that illegally did business in Cuba during Fidel Castro‘s regime.
For a time, you may not have been able to read the article, or anything else on Newsweek, since the site crashed Thursday evening as a result of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
While Newsweek is still looking into the source of the attack, Newsweek editor in chief Jim Impoco thinks the timing is too convenient to be a coincidence. “It was a massive DDoS attack, and it took place in the early evening just as prominent cable news programs were discussing Kurt Eichenwald’s explosive investigation into how Donald Trump’s company broke the law by breaking the United States embargo against Cuba,” he told Politico.
“It would either be a big coincidence, or it had to do with this story,” he added.
To bolster that suspicion, Eichenwald reports via Twitter that a number of IP addresses that were part of the attack can be traced to Russia. Russian hackers have been trying to influence the outcome of the U.S. elections, according to Congressional lawmakers and intelligence officials.
To make clear: @Newsweek posted story on Trump/Cuba. Hackers attacked, took site down. Lots of IP addresses involved. Main ones from Russia.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 30, 2016
The site is back, thanks to Newsweek’s IT team, who worked to get it running again while most of us were fast asleep.