(CNN) — The New York Times’ website was experiencing widespread outages Tuesday afternoon as the apparent result of a malicious attack on the company’s domain name registrar.

People on Twitter began reporting the site was down as early as 3 p.m. ET. The newspaper’s website was still not accessible to many desktop users almost six hours later. Some users also reported difficulty accessing the Times’ mobile site and apps.

The newspaper posted a message on its Facebook page about 5 p.m. ET that said, “Many users are having difficulty accessing The New York Times online. We are working to fix the problem. Our initial assessment is the outage is most likely the result of a malicious external attack.”

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