WordPress gets hit by major denial of service attack

Darren Allan

March 4, 2011

Blogging site WordPress.com was struck by a large-scale DDoS attack yesterday afternoon (our time).

It began at just before 10am, US time, when WordPress posted the following message: “WordPress.com is currently being targeted by a extremely large Distributed Denial of Service attack which is affecting connectivity in some cases. The size of the attack is multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second.”

“We are working to mitigate the attack, but because of the extreme size, it is proving rather difficult,” the status update added.

It took the company just under two hours to get things back to normal, according to the WordPress status page. Although some sources are reporting the downtime was longer – a PC Advisor article claims it was around six hours.

The motive for the attack isn’t clear, although PC Advisor quoted WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg as saying: “This is the largest and most sustained attack we’ve seen in our six-year history. We suspect it may have been politically motivated against one of our non-English blogs but we’re still investigating and have no definitive evidence yet.”






 

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