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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
    – Pekka
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 20:04
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    @Pëkka - Doesn't explain much. DOS attack? Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 20:05
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    EVERYBODY PANIC
    – Doorknob
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 20:05
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    @MartinSmith Yup, DDOS
    – Doorknob
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 20:07
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    I wonder if this map is depicting this attack: digitalattackmap.com Commented Feb 16, 2014 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
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 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
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 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...) Commented Feb 16, 2014 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
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 20:17
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    @ppeterka That might have been my fault for CV-ing... :P
    – hichris123
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 20:21
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    Some SE sites are still down.
    – Kaveh
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 20:24
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    All dns records for SE sites have to be updated, that takes a while
    – rene
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 20:29
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    We are effectively creating a list of down SE sites here. Commented Feb 16, 2014 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. Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 20:35
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    Indian Baba is attacking with black magic. Commented Feb 16, 2014 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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Oops.

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