WordPress Hit by Second Virus Attack

March 7, 2011

WordPress, the most popular blogging platform, was struck by a second attack within two days late last week, which prevented many users from accessing some of its 18 million hosted blogs.

On Friday, WordPress suffered a second “extremely large” distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which makes a site unavailable to its intended users via a concerted effort by others. The day prior WordPress experienced the largest attack it had ever seen in its six-year history from a similar DDoS attack. WordPress users had complained earlier in the week of slow service several days prior to the DDoS attack.

"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," Automattic Inc., the owner of WordPress.com, said on its Web site.

WordPress is still uncertain who is behind the attacks on its blog service. WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg has called it “the largest and most sustained” attack on the blogging platform. Mullenweg previously has said he believes the DDoS attacks may be politically motivated against a non-English blog.

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

Source: “WordPress Suffers Second DDoS Attack,” TechSpot.com (March 4, 2011)

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