At around 9pm EST friday night we began to notice odd behavior on our servers. Shortly thereafter, our web site went down. It quickly became clear to us that this was a Denial of Service attack…meaning that someone was intentionally trying to take down the site. We have a very robust back-end, so we knew this had to be some massive attack to have this kind of affect. Well, it turns out that it was a distributed attack coming from many thousands of computers around the world that were all attacking the site simultaneously. Thankfully, we were able to isolate the source and begin to choke it off. This got the site back up and running.
I want to apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced by this. We don’t yet know who did this or why, but hopefully it is behind us.