Yesterday Reddit received a large amount of traffic because the Reddit community got involved in searching for potential suspects. Today Reddit is experience an outage due to a malicious DDoS attack.
Reddit had to disable certain functions due to the DDoS attack. Reddit’s system administrator Jason Harvey said that the website has not seen an attack of this scale before. Reddit is being helped by their CDN, Akamai, to mitigate the attack.
A distributed denial-of-service attack is when a machine or network or is made unavailable to intended users by saturating the targeted machine with external communications requests to the point that it cannot handle legitimate traffic. These attacks lead to a server overload.