WordPress Outage

Update:  12/24/2015  8:56 pm.

This outage was caused by an attack from some external entity, which hit our servers with too many requests to handle between 3p.m. and 5 p.m.  One server was back up and running by around 3:30 and therefore many websites were up and running.  The defensive measures we have taken to thwart the on-going attack may have impact to certain services within WordPress.  We will be evaluating the next steps as we learn more.

Original Post:

There was a WordPress outage today 2/24/15 beginning at roughly 3 p.m. and lasting approximately a half hour.  The cause of the outage was a flood of requests and we are investigating the potential source as well as how to prevent this sort of problem in the future. I will update this blog when we know more.