Friday, March 4, 2011

WordPress blog service down: Huge DDoS attack

Was your blog down yesterday? Could be because was under a massive distributed denial of service attack. Some think it was connected to a Libyan attempt to silence opposition.

Wordpress logoBy Richi Jennings. March 4, 2011.

The blogging service has been hit by an "extremely large" distributed denial of service attack. Many high-profile blogs were crippled or just plain unavailable for large parts of Thursday. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers speculate about political motivation.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention Error'd...

Alexia Tsotsis is pulling her hair out:, our blog host, is currently under a denial of service attack. It's been almost impossible to access [it] for the past 10 minutes. ... currently serves 30 million publishers ... and is responsible for 10% of all websites in the world ... about 300 million unique visits monthly.
Automattic and WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg tells us that this is the largest attack has ever seen, and is likely to be politically motivated: ... "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.".M0RE

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