New York Times Accidentally Emails Million of Readers

Whether you have subscribed to home delivery of New York Times or not, there are chances that you might have received an email offering you a deal on re-subscribing.

The email was sent to some 8 million people, which according to the members of the paper’s staff was sent by someone outside of The Times. However, a spokesperson for The Times told that the email was a result of a simple error.

According to the statement issued by The New York Times, “An email was sent earlier today from The New York Times in error. This email should have been sent to a very small number of subscribers, but instead was sent to a vast distribution list made up of people who had previously provided their email address to The New York Times.”

It was tweeted on the New York Times twitter account, “If you received an email today about canceling your NYT subscription, ignore it. It’s not from us.”

It had also been reported by some watchful recipients that the header of email lists as its origin and permitted sender an IP address owned by email marketing firm Epsilon Interactive. Back in April, Hackers hacked the email addresses from Epsilon. It is because of this reason, it has also been rumored that the current email may perhaps the result of that security break.

Furthermore, an internal New York Times email revealed that the address given to the special offer, i.e. nytimes@email.newyorktimes.com, doesn’t a part of newspaper, said the New York Daily News. It appears that the information wasn’t right and the newspaper has apologized for its error in sending the message. The good thing is that no one yet reports of any email address or other information being compromised. However, the entire scenario is still embarrassing for The Times.

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