Ello, the social network site intended to serve as something of an antidote to ad-stuffed Facebook, was hit by a suspected Distributed-Denial-of-Service attack today.
The outfit, which has gained plenty of press coverage in the past week after employing the classic invite-only marketing trick to lure in more users, said on its status page within the last hour that it had suffered a major front-end outage on its network.
At 16:15 EDT it said:
Investigating - We are undergoing a potential denial of service attack.
Curiously, it came a little over 30 minutes after Ello completed database maintenance of its service.
Ello's main page carried the following message:
The site is currently unavailable while we conduct some necessary maintenance. Follow along for any updates on our status page.
The site was brought back to life roughly 30 minutes after it went titsup. Ello simply said: "Resolved - ips have been blocked."
No one had claimed responsibility for the apparent DDoS attack at time of publication. ®