Hackers with access to video game servers have hacked New Year 2018’s New York Times’ website to trick users into believing that they had been attacked by the FBI and the New York Police Department.
The hackers were able to use a video-game decoy called The Hacker News, which was originally developed by the developers of the popular video game The New York Observer, to convince users to login into the website and click on a “news article”.
After entering the password, the hackers were then able to send a malicious link that would trick users to click on an article about New York state’s state of emergency and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s visit to the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by the Observer.
New York state and New Jersey are currently in a state of lockdown, with police patrolling the streets in riot gear.
The Times website has not yet been restored, but is expected to be back online within a few hours.
The FBI said it had launched an investigation into the incident, but did not provide details.