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Monday, May 3, 2010

You Can't Digg on Digg. Attack at Fault?

Posted By and on Mon, May 3, 2010 at 6:33 PM


Anyone trying to use the Potrero Hill-based social news aggregation site today ran into some issues with Digging and submitting stories.

Basically you couldn't use Digg for a several hour stretch: Attempts at "Digging" resulted in either a "token is invalid" error or the number of Diggs on a story fading out and the new number failing to reappear, bringing the voting process to a standstill and leading to rumors that the site is currently undergoing an XSS or DDOS attack. In a span of evening hours that would would normally see hundreds of new submissions to the site, very few could be found.

One power user commented "I haven't seen anything like this since I started using Digg."

Representatives from Digg have not yet returned our requests for information and the problems seem ongoing.

Digg also announced today that the site would partially deactivate its URL shortening service starting May 17th. Perhaps this was a related internal hiccup?

We'll keep you posted.

Update, The response from Digg's Nicole Williams:

"There was no attack that we were aware of. There was an internal caching issue that caused sporadic errors of "invalid token" when trying to digg, comment, comment digg or submit, but this was fixed as of midnight last night."  

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