back to article GitHub wobbles under DDOS attack

GitHub is under a distributed-denial-of-service attack being perpetrated by unknown actors. The service's status page reported “a brief capacity overload” early on Tuesday. The site's assessment of the incident was later upgraded to a a DDOS and at the time of writing the site is at code yellow. The graphic at the stop of …

  1. fearnothing

    "lurking behind China's Great Firewall" is a bit misleading isn't it? It was the Great Firewall itself that was being used to insert malicious code snippets into requested pages.

  2. CaptainBanjax

    Can someone explain...

    The purpose behind DDoSing github?

    I just dont see it...people arent hosting valuable things on there are they?

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Can someone explain...

      There are some pretty big projects on GitHub. I know some open source projects on there that are pretty valuable to some people. I think people attack because they can and, well, it's rails so it will fail.

      The value of DVCS is that even if the canonical repo like GitHub goes down, it's pretty painless to setup a new one based on a local repo. Project data like the bug reports are less resilient.

    2. d4f

      Re: Can someone explain...

      Depends on what you consider valuable. Ddos is mainly run for 2 reasons

      a) damaging someone's business

      b) preventing users from accessing information

      Github hosts and promotes many projects circumventing filters and firewalls and promoting free speech - something which countries such as China don't like too much.

  3. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    Bitbucket suffered a bit as well

    The website wobbled for about 15 minutes late yesterday afternoon.

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  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    00:32 GMT Standard Time

    We're investigating connectivity problems on

    January 27, 2016

    January 28, 2016

    03:16 GMT Standard Time

    The site is recovering and services are continuing to come back online. We're continuing to monitor the situation.

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