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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 http://t.co/C5ussU3ocj

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........ http://t.co/pJeaQkGh0M is #OFFLINE #Vikingdom2015 #Vikingdom2016

http://t.co/pJeaQkGh0M will be down for hours.... :D ENJOY

The name of the group is similar to "Vikingdom2015," a Twitter account (later deleted) that in March claimed to be responsible for targeting a number of state government websites in Maine, Connecticut, and New Jersey with denial of service attacks.

When contacted by BuzzFeed News, Vikingdom2016 said the website was taken down out of a hatred for New York itself. However, the account offered no proof it was behind the attack.

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 https://t.co/GEoDc8pMF0 + https://t.co/CLlPl40cGS

Vikingdom2016 then claimed it was "going to attack bigger New York websites" in the future.

http://t.co/YguxNPFkXf 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.

http://t.co/Da753TyKeZ is back online. Read our Bill Cosby cover here: http://t.co/6tNIL1QrMq

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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