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Reddit faces outages in midst of DDoS attack

Reddit is experiencing intermittent outages apparently due to a malicious DDoS attack.

People trying to access the site, which labels itself “the front page of the internet”, were greeted with the following image:

Reddit down

Anyone who did manage to access the site meanwhile was greeted with a warning stating that: “Site availability is being impacted by a malicious DDoS attack. Please stay tuned”.

Heavy traffic

There were thoughts that the outage was due to heavy traffic around the Watertown shootings which took place near Boston, USA today. A Reddit thread had been live-posting a police feed regarding the incidents which took place in the town.

That appears to have been debunked by the notice on the site as well as a Twitter feed which tracks the current state of Reddit’s servers.

At this stage, no one has come forward to take responsibility for the attack. The YourAnonNews account did however appear to be taking a modicum of pleasure in the site’s outage:

Reddit has received a lot of media attention over the past couple of days, as its members scoured photographs of the Boston Marathon finish line, where two explosions caused three deaths and hundreds of injuries earlier this week. Their attempts to find suspects were criticized in some sectors, with people pointing out that the Redditors could be engaging in trial by suspect and that elements of racism have already crept into the investigations.

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart is the editor-in-chief of Engage Me Online. After pursuing an MA in South African literature, he spent five years reporting on the global technology scene. Intrigued by the intersection of technology and work, he joined Engage Me as the editor-in-chief. He is a passionate runner, and recently ran... More
  • WTF

    Reddit 4chan. 4chan were the ones “scouring” the photos for information. Their attempts were simply reported to reddit and users commented on them. MANY Reddit users condemned 4chan’s attempts, making the point that it was highly unlikely the bombers were even in the crowd. Do your research next time.

  • brah

    both communities have been sharing photos. #fail

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  • L

    Actually that isn’t Anonymous’ real account. It’s a guy who claims to be Anonymous and just changed his username – https://twitter.com/DaniLGrubbs/status/325276465895710721/photo/1

    Please make sure to fact check next time before you quote.

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  • Stuart Thomas

    Hi L,

    Thanks for your comment. I feel I should note however that we in no way suggest that Anonymous had anything to do with the attack nor that the Youranonnews accounts speaks officially for Anonymous (the nature of the collective means no one can ever truly do that). It was reported on because it is a widely followed account that has been associated with attacks in the past.

    Kind regards,

  • bothered

    Hacking? Suggestions of Anonymous? How desperate are you for vpageiews?

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  • Lauren

    I think that link refers to a different account, if you go back and follow the conversation. It was tweeted *to* youranonnews in reference to another account they’d mentioned, not *about* the youranonnews account itself.

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