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Cyber Vandals Claim To Take Down New York Magazine Website After It Published Cosby Article

The Twitter account claiming to be behind the cybervandalism appears to be connected to another account that claimed to be behind attacks on state government websites earlier this year.

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On Sunday evening, New York magazine published a big feature sharing the stories of 35 women who said they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby.

35 women tell their stories of being assaulted by Bill Cosby. A project 6 months in the making

The magazine said it was aware of the issue and was working on a fix.

Our site is experiencing technical difficulties. We are aware of the issue, and working on a fix.

On Twitter, a self-proclaimed hacking group called "Vikingdom2016" claimed to be behind the website's troubles.

Anddddd........ is #OFFLINE #Vikingdom2015 #Vikingdom2016

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With its site down, New York magazine was directing readers to its Instagram account to listen to two women's accusations against Cosby.

Our site is still down but you can listen to 2 women's testimony about Cosby on Instagram +


Vikingdom2016 then claimed it was "going to attack bigger New York websites" in the future. is BACKUP! Happy? Vikingdom2016 is going to attack bigger new york websites so stay tuned. #Vikingdom2016

Around 3:45 p.m. Monday, the site was back up and running. is back online. Read our Bill Cosby cover here:

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