You thought the urgent notice to subscribers on the homepage was a solicitation of some kind, it’s not. It reads:
We have become aware of several agencies soliciting your National Review subscription renewal without our authorization. Please note that these organizations have no relationship with National Review, nor did we provide them with a mailing list of our subscribers. We are making every effort to stop these solicitations and are working with the proper authorities to protect the trust that our readers have placed in us.
Please make sure that you reply only to National Review subscription renewal notices with a return address in Mount Morris, IL and ignore all requests for renewal that are not directly payable to National Review, as all others may be fraudulent.
This has become a widespread problem in the publishing industry. Should you have any questions concerning a renewal notice, please contact customer services at (815) 734-1232 or e-mail Jason Ng. We are working to resolve this situation as quickly as possible and your help in this matter is greatly appreciated.