The Tumblr website went down across Europe and United States this evening.
The popular microblogging and social networking site suffered a DDoS attack and was down for several hours on Wednesday.
The outage reportedly began just before 3:30pm ET, according to Down Detector. If the site manages to load anything, users receive a “service is temporarily unavailable” message
Large DDoS attack just launched on https://t.co/8My1IKTvOa, appears to be down.
— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) December 21, 2016
is tumblr down for anyone? Or is it just me?
— Nika (@_nikanono) December 21, 2016
Tumblr issued a jargon-filled tweet about 15 minutes into the outage, promising to fix the issue as soon as possible.
Some users are experiencing latency affecting the dashboard. We’ll get it fixed ASAP.
— Tumblr (@tumblr) December 21, 2016
Earlier on Wednesday, Tumblr hosted a question-and-answer on the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, Syria. It’s unclear if the believed DDoS attack might be related to the ‘Answer Time’ discussion.
@tumblr also customer websites are down, FYI.
— Justin (@xxdesmus) December 21, 2016
Tumblr was one of more than 80 popular websites that were hit by three separate DDoS attacks on Dyn DNS, the internet traffic management company, on October 21.
That targeted attack was believed to have been on the Internet of Things, or the multitude of smart devices such as webcams and thermostats that connect to the internet.
A DDoS attack occurs when a server is overwhelmed with traffic in a targeted attack.