Four lines of code to hop over The New York Times paywall


TS Rookie
Dave Eurica, a Canadian reader of the online version of The New York Times, was rather annoyed to find that the website was blocking him from reading a lot of articles. He looked into the matter and found that the "paywall" erected by the publication was written in JavaScript. This means the blocked articles are actually being loaded up in the HTML in the back.

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TS Evangelist
I imagine this could be labeled as one of the "bugs" they were looking for. Looks like they will have to get a little more creative than using Prototype.


...Why exactly is the security on the client-side?

Clearly some intern thought he was being clever.


TS Rookie
ok, so your connection is used to ship the pages from their server to your browser and then you can not see it? not fair!