SABOTAGE? Substance website crippled, cyberattack suspected

Since late on June 10, 2012, the majority of Substance readers have been unable to get directly to the Substance website,, and we are unable to figure out what has been done to us. The problem as of this writing (June 12, 2012, mid-morning) is that nobody can go directly to the site from the usual browsers. We can get in through the "back door," which means accessing another site and then clicking on a link. We do not understand this process,

We are working to repair and rebuild the site, and our readers will know when we have done so.


June 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

By: Rachel Fowler

Access to Web site

I was able to get onto your web site with my usual one click today. I hadn't been able to yesterday.

June 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

By: Sharon Schmidt, Editor

Site Halfway Back 'Up' as of Three P.M. on June 12, 2012

The Substance website was half "up" as of three p.m. on June 12, with most readers getting access to the text, but not our photographs. We are loading both text and graphics for our new reporting, including a long analysis of the CTU strike authorization vote and an editorial noting that Chicago's rulers should fire Brizard now, before it's more too late. All content should be "up" by dawn on June 13, but we are still mystified by the sabotage of our photographs and other graphics.

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