Hackers launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack that sporadically downed popular blog network Gawker Media over the weekend and on Monday, the company confirmed in a blog post early Tuesday morning.
When CNET News spoke to Gawker Media representatives on Monday, they were not yet sure what was causing the outages but had not ruled out malicious behavior.
The attacks appear to have been launched at Consumerist, a blog that Gawker but which is still hosted on the same servers. The motivation behind them is not yet clear.
DDOS attacks occur when hackers swamp a site with excess pings from multiple sources to bring it down; they can.