This morning at 6:00 am PDT, elance.com experienced a significant denial-of-service attack. This malicious attack caused an influx of traffic to the website making it unavailable to all visitors.

While elance.com teams are working hard to make the site fully functional again, still experiencing intermittent issues. This is the first attack of this kind to Elance.com and is similar to other attacks that have made news headlines in recent months.

Elance.com press release
It is important to note that all of your information is secure and has not been compromised in any way. Still, we recognize that the outage is highly disruptive and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. We are working with the appropriate law enforcement agencies to find and prosecute the criminals responsible for this attack.

Freelancer may have been unable to contact during this site issue.

source: elance.com