It was bound to happen eventually.
As usual, FA jumped to conclusions on Twitter. First, the problems were reported as "lag" (Instead of, you know, "connectivity issues" or some actual term not from bideo gamez), which prompted the kneejerk reaction of putting the site into magical, mystical, fix-everything "Read-Only" mode.
Site is in read-only mode for an estimated 5-10 minutes while we continue looking into lag/inaccessibility issues.
Though, a post on FA Forums puts it differently, with Dragoneer making a point to remind people that the site is still "up", you just can't get to it!!!
Our host is currently experiencing connectivity issues which is causing problems access the site. The site is still online, just inaccessible.
Later, their host informs them it was a DDoS attack that took out more than just FA:
Our ISP has followed up. The downtime has been caused by a massive DDOS which took out FA and several other sites.
FA then throws the Irony machine into maximum overdrive:
When you DDOS a site like FA you don't hurt us as much as you hurt the artists who use the site to make a living. We hope you're happy.
So just keep in mind, when you DDoS FA, you're hurting the artists who rely on FA to make a living. But if FA goes down for days to weeks at a time due to their own gross incompetence, "IT'S A FREE SITE YOU SHOULDN'T RELY ON FA HLAUGHLAUGLHULAUGH PLEASE RAPE MY FACE".
As usual, when confronted with DOWNTIME, Dragoneer took to Twitter and decided to reply to people making jokes with bizarre promotions of other sites.
The last tweet on the matter was that the the host was "securing their routers", whatever that means.
Our ISP is working on an investigation of the DDOS and securing their routers. Once done, FA should be back up.
However, Dragoneer posted the response from InfoRelay on FA Forums:
"InfoRelay experienced intermittent network connectivity issues during 10:10pm - 11:13pm on October 15th, 2014. This issue was caused by large attack on our network at the IAD2 facility. Our Network Administrators have confirmed that the DDoS attack has been originated from your IP block, this attack was causing issues for other customers in the IAD2 facility. To resolve the issue we were forced to blackhole the netblock, after the change was made connectivity has been stable at the IAD2 facility for the past hour.
Our Network Administrators will follow up on this issue, please standby for an update."
I'd like to point out the "the DDoS attack has been originated from your IP block" part, which appears to indicate InfoRelay is bad at English, or someone found a new exiting way to exploit FA, which caused it to DDoS the datacenter it is in.