Hackers launched a
distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack that
sporadically downed popular blog network Gawker Media over
the weekend and on Monday, the company confirmed in a blog
post early Tuesday morning.
When CNET News spoke to Gawker Media representatives on
Monday, they were not yet sure what was causing the outages
but had not ruled out malicious behavior.
The attacks appear to have been launched at Consumerist, a
blog that Gawker sold to Consumer Reports last year but
which is still hosted on the same servers. The motivation
behind them is not yet clear.
The New York-based Gawker Media has sold or merged a number
of its blog titles over the past few years, but it remains
the parent company of several extremely high-profile blogs--often
with an edgy gossip angle--like Gizmodo, Jezebel, and the
DDOS attacks occur when hackers swamp a site with excess
pings from multiple sources to bring it down; they can knock
out entire hosting companies.
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