April 7th, 2011

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DDoS Attack, Facebook and Twitter Updates

As most of you know, LiveJournal has been the victim of repeated, large-scale DDoS attacks over the last two weeks. These attacks are against multiple journals worldwide, several of which are political in nature. LiveJournal believes strongly in the ideal of freedom of expression, and we're working very hard to ensure that users around the world have a place where their voices can be heard.

Based on our analysis of the traffic, most of the attacks are coming from entire networks in the same subnets, suggesting participation by multiple network operators. We have made significant changes to our systems and processes to battle attacks of this nature and are continuing to adjust to each new attack as quickly as we can. We share your frustration in not being able to access LiveJournal during these attacks -- please know that we're doing everything within our power to get this behind us.

Frank's weekly giveaway

This week we're celebrating April birthdays. If you were born this month, tell us your birthday wish (a coordinating userpic always delights us), and Frank will send you a box of buttery popcorn to make your day (up through the first ten pages of comments).

Header design update

A number of you had questions about the currently-displaying LiveJournal header. We wanted to let you know that the design is based on an open stock image that allows for unlimited use and licensing, so there's no copyright issue. We also wish to take this opportunity to urge our remixed header designers to use original imagery, photographs, or designs as much as possible to avoid these kinds of concerns in the future. We thank you, again, for making LiveJournal your canvas.

Did You Know ...?

As we discussed above, LiveJournal was the victim of repeated DDoS attacks this week. We try to update our external status page as quickly as possible in these cases and have also begun to post to Twitter and Facebook. Here are the links to our Facebook Page and our Twitter feed. Please be aware that in addition to site outage and maintenance information, we also post links to news updates, contests, and other site-wide features.

For more fun with photos, Frank and Meme, and LJ_Scribe, we'll catch you under the cut!

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Thanks, again, for joining us. We'll see you next week!