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Cyber attack briefly takes down 'Las Vegas Sun' website

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The masthead of the Las Vegas Sun is seen in this Oct. 10, 2013, edition of the newspaper. (FOX5) The masthead of the Las Vegas Sun is seen in this Oct. 10, 2013, edition of the newspaper. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

An attack in cyberspace took down the website of the Las Vegas Sun on Tuesday morning.

The southern Nevada newspaper first reported trouble with its website about 9 a.m. in a tweet and post on its Facebook page.

"We're having some technical issues with our sites this morning," the tweet read. "Sorry for any inconvenience. We will be up and running soon."

About a half-hour later, the newspaper reported in another tweet that the website was under a distributed denial-of-service cyber attack.

"We are working hard to mitigate the situation," the tweet read. "Thank you for your patience."

Ric Anderson, managing editor of the Sun, said he first started noticing the outage about 6:20 a.m. He said service was restored to the site by 11:15 a.m., but tech experts were still working to correct the issue.

The most common method of DoS attack consists of consuming resources of the targeted website's hosting service to the point where normal traffic cannot access the website.

Anderson said this is not the first DoS attack that the website has experienced. He said he wants to prevent this from happening again, but he cannot talk about specific security measures.

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