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Meanwhile, Reddit Is Being DDOS’d

"Site availability is being impacted by a malicious DDoS attack."
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“This week, WTF?” — sources

Reddit’s had a bumpy week. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the site’s amateur sleuths attempted to crowdsource a suspect, which landed an innocent high-school runner on the front page of the New York Post.

Now, on top of everything else, the site is under attack.

A banner at the top of the Reddit front page announces: “Site availability is being impacted by a malicious DDoS attack. Please stay tuned.”

It sounds like the attack has been going on for some time, too: Reddit’s status Twitter first reported the attack at 5:25 a.m. The most recent update comes from a half an hour ago: “We’ve mitigated part of the DDoS at this time. However, certain site functions are disabled.” We’ve reached out to Reddit for more information and will update if we hear anything.

It’s not clear who’s attacking the site. And in the absence of reliable information, why not speculate wildly?

No doubt conspiracy theories are already breeding in conspiracy-theory-themed subreddits.

(Update, 4:44 p.m.) Looks like everything’s back to normal. On Reddit, anyway.

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