Update: GitHub is fully functional now.
Everything operating normally.
— GitHub Status (@githubstatus) March 31, 2015
GitHub is one the most popular websites among programmers and developers and is currently having 3.4 million users with 2.2 million active repositories. This software development web site used for collaborative projects is currently being hit by a massive and continuous DDoS (distributed denial) attack. It should be noted that earlier this week, China admitted that it is having an army of hackers.
This was reported by a researcher who goes the name of Anthr@x from InsightLabs.org. This GitHub DDoS attack specifically targets two GitHub projects named GreatFire and CN-NYTimes. These are the censorship tools being used to help the people to Chine to dodge The Great Firewall of China. Chinese government is known to censor Internet access in China. In simpler words, people residing outside China are being targeted for accessing things that the Chinese government hates, like, freedom of speech and expression.
CN-NYTimes: The New York Times website is usually blocked in China, it’s a group hosting NYT mirror to ditch the ban.
GreatFire: It’s a very popular anti-censorship group on GitHub fighting against Chinese Internet censorship.
GitHub DDoS attack was reported as a service outage with following messages:
We’ve identified and mitigated a DoS attack that was impacting service. Service is recovering and we are monitoring the situation.
We’ve been under continuous DDoS attack for 24+ hours. The attack is evolving, and we’re all hands on deck mitigating.
We are continuing to defend GitHub against a very large DDoS attack.
The latest message on the GitHub website is:
The ongoing DDoS attack has shifted again to include Pages and assets. We are updating our defenses to match.
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