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WordPress Hit By Massive DDoS Attacks

WordPress has spent the last two days battling crippling DDoS attacks that have resulted in disrupted service for the company’s 18 million blogs as well as the higher profile blogs that count themselves as part of WordPress’s VIP network, such as the Financial Post and TechCrunch.

Yesterday’s post was said to be the worst WordPress had ever experienced. Today a fresh attack was launched, resulting in yet more disruptions. However, things seem to have stabilised once again. A post on the support site today read:

"Unfortunately, the DDoS attack from yesterday returned in a different form this morning and affected site-wide performance. The good news is that we were able to mitigate it quickly and performance returned to normal around 11:15 UTC.  We are continuing to monitor the situation closely."

In an email to CNet yesterday, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg said the attack had affected three of the company's data centers and suggested it could have been politically motivated and directed at one of the blog host’s foreign language blogs.

"There's an ongoing DDoS attack that was large enough to impact all three of our data centers in Chicago, San Antonio, and Dallas--it's currently been neutralized but it's possible it could flare up again later, which we're taking proactive steps to implement," Mullenweg told CNet at the time.

"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."

The news echoes a similar attack launched against LiveJournal in the summer of ‘09. The blogging network was hit in what was believed to be a coordinated attack against LiveJournal, Facebook and Twitter.

  • jprahman
    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.

    So are we talking Libya? China? Iran? Egypt?
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  • Taylor422
    Smells like Anonymous. They usually take credit, though.
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  • jprahman
    I don't think it's them. To me it sounds like a blog run by anti-government activists from one of the aforementioned countries was the target. At least that's my take.
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  • guardianangel42
    Maybe I'm just ignorant, but I don't see why China, Libya, Egypt, or even Iran would want to attack Wordpress. I can imagine some racist bastard here in the US launching the attack on Wordpress, but only because stranger things have happened and been caused by illogical people.

    However, Wordpress does say that it doesn't know why it was attacked, so the above paragraph could mean absolutely nothing. At this point, any speculation is speculation based on stereotypes.
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  • stingstang
    Well I guess to answer this question, all I have to do is check the Anonymous twitter page. (goes and checks) Nope.
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  • FloKid
    Government still uses DoS?
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  • TheWhiteRose000
    @Taylor422
    It does sound like something they would do.
    Maybe some brave soul should go to 4chan and ask?
    Even though they won't go OH HEY YEA I'M A ANON!
    Doesn't mean they won't answer a question of who's to blame.


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  • nebun
    it's all uncle SAM's doing, lol....to see if they can control the internet in case we have a crysis like LIBYA
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  • dioxholster
    China duh. baaad china bad!
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  • kaydee
    This attack is originated from North Korea. Since yesterday (4th, Mar) they started the DDoS attack. A Similar attack happened last year in South Korea and the attack actually did quiet a stir on government operated websites.
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