WordPress Hit by Massive Virus

March 4, 2011

WordPress, a popular blogging platform, was hit by a virus Thursday causing thousands of blogs to be inaccessible for about two hours. Some users have complained the WordPress site has been running unusually slow for the last three days.

The blogging platform was hit by an attack known as the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), which makes a site unavailable to its intended users through a concerted effort by others. WordPress blogs were switched to read-only mode temporarily while the company worked to resolve the bugs.

The company notified WordPress users about the attack on its status page for Automattic Inc., the owner of wordpress.com. They said WordPress.com was “currently being targeted by an 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."

WordPress says it's the biggest attack the company has ever seen, and WordPress warned it could happen again.

WordPress hosts more than 18 million blogs and is used by more than 13 percent of the world’s biggest Web sites.

"This is the largest and most sustained attack we've seen in our six-year history,” says Matt Mullenweg with TechCrunch, the company that founded WordPress. “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."

Source: “WordPress Hit by Biggest-Ever DDoS Attack,” TG Daily (March 4, 2011) and “WordPress Hit by Massive DDoS Attack,” The H Security (March 4, 2011)

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