Tumblr is down, the result of a large-scale DDoS attack. A Tumblr spokesperson confirmed the nature of the outage to Mashable at 4:22 p.m. Eastern Time, but offered no further details into the outage beyond “we’re working on it.”
Online status tools reported the site was down a little after 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time. The service said on Twitter that some users were experiencing “latency.”
SOME USERS ARE EXPERIENCING LATENCY AFFECTING THE DASHBOARD
Some users are experiencing latency affecting the dashboard. We’ll get it fixed ASAP.
The site’s users were not pleased, and took to Twitter to respond in the only way they know how: GIFs.
Other users speculated that the outage might be connected with the season finale of Yuri on Ice, a popular anime series with a huge Tumblr community.
I CANT TELL IF TUMBLR IS DOWN
I can’t tell if Tumblr is down because of a DDoS attack or the YoI fandom lmao
Heavenly☆Crusader (@divinesabers) December 21, 2016
The site came back online for a few minutes at around 3:52 p.m. Eastern Time, before going back offline.
An hour after its first response to the attacks, Tumblr updated its Twitter community again. Its message? Hang in there.
Users are still experiencing slow load times on the dashboard, on both web + mobile. We’ll let you know when everything’s fixed. Hang tight.