Reddit slammed by massive online attack(Read article summary)
Reddit, the 'front page of the Internet,' is under a heavy distributed denial-of-service attack today.
Reddit¬†suffered a massive¬†distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack Friday that stretched into the afternoon.
At 6:02 a.m., the Reddit status Twitter account tweeted that the website was working to recover from what appeared to be a DDoS. A DDoS is when a botnet is sent out to cripple a server or to steal information from it. The source of the attack has not yet been announced.
A Reddit admin that goes by the username Alienth stated on an AskReddit thread that the person or people attacking the site have ‚Äúa lot of time and bandwidth on their hands.‚ÄĚ Alienth posted a graph of Reddit‚Äôs server load, claiming that none of the admins had ever seen an attack at this scale.
The attack on Reddit comes the morning that Boston has shutdown as a citywide manhunt continues for one of the Boston Marathon¬†bombing suspects. Reddit users had been actively pursuing and trying to help solve the bombing. The Internet sleuths offered high-res pictures and information with regards to the case. The users‚Äô interests, however, did not always end successfully. Their own investigations have led to false accusations. As the manhunt began on Friday, Reddit featured a live stream of the breaking events. It is still unclear whether Friday‚Äôs events have anything to do with the DDoS attack on Reddit.
Reddit, in the meantime, has¬†stated that it managed to ‚Äúmitigate part of the DDoS at this time‚ÄĚ but that ‚Äúcertain site functions are disabled.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe Internet‚Äôs not working. Or at least the self-styled ‚Äėfront page of the Internet,' ‚ÄĚ writes VentureBeat‚Äôs John Koetsier. ‚ÄúOne thing seems to be clear: The outages are deliberate, not simply caused by a flood of traffic from the ongoing Boston manhunt for the marathon bomber who remains at large.‚ÄĚ
Reddit is working for the most part, but the site can be slow to load. For now, the website continues to handle the attack.¬†
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