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Reasons for LiveJournal's intermittent access

Over the last few days, access to LiveJournal has been unstable - some people have had difficulty accessing the service, pages were loading slowly, and some weren't loading at all.

During this time, LiveJournal was the target of multiple DDoS attacks. The first attack began on September 5th - some intermittent issues were reported, but the admin team managed to block the attack and prevent any significant disruption of service. The attack resumed the next day with increased force, however, and while the team was dealing with this, a number of people experienced difficulties with the site. As of now, LiveJournal has been restored to full functionality. The DDoS attack did not compromise our system's integrity or affect any published content.

If you are still experiencing problems accessing LiveJournal, please let us know by submitting a support ticket (

Everyone who had a paid account at the time the DDoS attack on LiveJournal occurred will be compensated for the downtime with a three-day paid account extension.

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused by the downtime. Thank you for your understanding.

You can monitor LiveJournal's service status on the corresponding status page:

Maintenance update

We successfully finished maintenance on cluster #7. All accounts’ owners from this cluster can now log into their journals.

We are working on restoring the user cluster #9, it will take approximately an hour. We will keep you informed. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.

Emergency maintenance on user cluster #7

We're doing some emergency maintenance on one of our databases (user cluster #7, there are 13 user clusters in total. You can see which user cluster your account is on here). The estimated duration of this maintenance is 4-5 hours.

If your account is located on user cluster #7, you will not be able to login to your account until this maintenance has been completed. If you are already logged-in, you will be unable to post, edit, or delete any material on LiveJournal until the maintenance is completed.

If your account is not on this cluster, LiveJournal will still be up, you will be able to login. You may be able to post, edit, and delete content, but if any communities you have posting access to are on cluster #7, you will see an Error 500 when attempting to load the update/edit journal page, or viewing your inbox if any messages have been received from a user on cluster #7. Other pages may also be similarly affected if they attempt to load usernames or data from this cluster. You may also encounter problems viewing journals, entries, comments, or private messages from accounts which are on this cluster.

We're working as quickly as possible to get everything back up & running, and appreciate your patience during this maintenance.