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Stack Overflow was down for a long time here, probably about an hour.

What was the cause?

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    twitter.com/StackStatus – Pëkka Feb 16 '14 at 20:04
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    @Pëkka - Doesn't explain much. DOS attack? – Martin Smith Feb 16 '14 at 20:05
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    EVERYBODY PANIC – Doorknob Feb 16 '14 at 20:05
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    @MartinSmith Yup, DDOS – Doorknob Feb 16 '14 at 20:07
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    I wonder if this map is depicting this attack: digitalattackmap.com – Chris Laplante Feb 16 '14 at 20:13
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    Wow.... A few minutes without SO made me clear up my desk and listen to some music I wanted long ago... I think I am over the line, I just don't know which line that is... – ppeterka Feb 16 '14 at 20:15
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    I wonder who would launch a DDOS on SE? Somebody who got banned and wanted revenge? :P – Mysticial Feb 16 '14 at 20:15
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    @Mystical: Whoever did it, I'm sure at one point in their development of the DDOS tool they got advice from SE. (Assuming the people who launched it developed the tool, which is probably unlikely...) – Chris Laplante Feb 16 '14 at 20:17
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    @Mysticial well, maybe someone's "print a triangle of stars in Java" homework question might have been downvoted beyond recognition in the first 3 seconds... – ppeterka Feb 16 '14 at 20:17
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    @ppeterka That might have been my fault for CV-ing... :P – hichris123 Feb 16 '14 at 20:21
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    Some SE sites are still down. – Kaveh Feb 16 '14 at 20:24
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    All dns records for SE sites have to be updated, that takes a while – rene Feb 16 '14 at 20:29
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    We are effectively creating a list of down SE sites here. – Bleeding Fingers Feb 16 '14 at 20:35
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    Looks like @rene is correct. Added 198.252.206.140 dba.stackexchange.com to my hosts file and can now access that site. – Martin Smith Feb 16 '14 at 20:35
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    Indian Baba is attacking with black magic. – Shadow Wizard Feb 16 '14 at 21:55
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The StackStatus twitter account says this:

Our network provider is experiencing a bit of increased traffic. We and they are investigating.

Update:

We have partially mitigated a DDoS attack against our network. We are continuing to watch traffic.

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Someone listened to Nick, it seems

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