Hackers Attack The Awl

The Awl, right now.

The Awl, right now.

Have you tried reading  The Awl this afternoon? How about The HairpinThe BillfoldSplitsider or The Wirecutter? Instead of blog posts and videos, a warning appears.  “Google Chrome has blocked access to theawl.com for now,” the website currently read. “Even if you have visted this website safely in the past, visiting it now is likely to infect your Mac with malware.”

Sounds bad. But what’s Malware? “Malware is malicious software that causes things like identity theft, financial loss, and permanent file deletion,” the warning handily explains.

The Atlantic Wire confirmed (via Gchat, naturally) that the websites are currently under attack.  “Oh it’s an actual attack,” The Awl’s Choire Sicha told The Atlantic Wire’s Connor Simpson over Gchat . “But a boring one. Not our first by any means.”

“It’s just like in Swordfish, John Travolta is making someone sit at a computer and capture the indielectual market,” Mr. Sicha continued, making a boring problem sound less so. “OMG, it’s like blood and guts, it’s like when she hatched the dragons with witchcraft on Game of Thrones.”

Well, everyone likes a good Game of Thrones reference, right? But actually, the real problem seems to be an advertising update, Mr. Simpson reports. Mr. Sicha promised Mr. Simpson that he would keep him update him when the websites went back up. But let’s face it–today is probably shot. Time for a drink.