The Times did not confirm the report, only offering the following statement.
"Like most news organizations we are vigilant about guarding against attempts to hack into our systems," said New York Times Co. spokeswoman Eileen Murphy. "There are a variety of approaches we take up to and including working with outside investigators and law enforcement. We won't comment on any specific attempt to gain unauthorized access to The Times."
This supposed cyber breach comes after Wikileaks hacked the Democratic National Committee earlier this summer, exposing over 20,000 emails. That, too, was rumored to be a cyber breach authored by Russians.