Yes, You Just Got Spammed by the New York Times (Not a Hack)
New York Times Accidentally Spams Millions of People
You (and most of the folks you know) just got an email from the New York Times with the subject line, "Important information regarding your subscription".
It wasn't a phishing attempt by a third party, and NYT did not get hacked. At first, the New York Times denied being behind the mega-bulk email, but later realized that they were, indeed, actually responsible.
Amy Chozick, the New York Times' own corporate media reporter, tweets,
UPDATE on NYT email: "The email was sent by the NYT," a spokeswoman said. Should've gone to appx 300 people & went to over 8 mil. Story TK
I just got a follow-up email from the New York Times reading,
"Dear New York Times Reader,
You may have received an e-mail today from The New York Times with the subject line “Important information regarding your subscription."
This e-mail was sent by us in error. Please disregard the message. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
The New York Times"
Mind you, I'm not a print subscriber in the first place. They have my email because I signed up for their web service years ago.
Epsilon Marketinghandles the New York Times' bulk email operations (see below, via Yuri Victor, and click to enlarge), but it was an NYT staffer who actually pushed the button, as it were. That screw-up sent the email to 8.6 million people.