March 31st, 2011

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DDoS Attack

As many of you know, LiveJournal was the victim of a DDoS attack yesterday, resulting in several hours of downtime.

We appreciate your patience as we work on resolving the remaining issues resulting from yesterday's attack. If you receive a page in the wrong language or get a 'Guru Meditation' error page, please refresh the page -- these are unfortunate side effects of one of the DDoS abatement tools we're using. We're also investigating a problem with some userpics and calendar pages not displaying correctly -- we hope to have that resolved as soon as possible. For those of you who received a 'You've been blocked' error message yesterday, we're pleased to report that we've already expired many of the IP address bans that were put in place to get our site back up and running, so please try again. On a positive note, in response to the attack, we've upgraded our servers, which should make the site run faster!

It's important to keep in mind that denial of service attacks are made possible, in part, by infected computers (known as zombies). Let's all do our part by regularly checking our computers (and maybe our parents' if they're not so tech-savvy) with virus and malware-scanning programs, keeping our firewalls and anti-malware programs up to date, and practicing safe surfing!

For further information and status updates from our Ops team, check out lj_maintenance.