WordPress users recently were unable to login as hackers used Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on the popular content management site. The attacks happened on March 3rd and it makes me wonder what was behind this. A spokesperson from Automattic, the owner of WordPress.com, has released a statement that “WordPress.com is 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.”
She also stated that they are doing what could be done but is having a hard time due to the massiveness of the attack. The company is also working with their providers to avoid this same issue in the future.
The attack on WordPress initiated Wednesday morning, around 6 ET and the site started to recover around noon. Everything went back to the way and was working properly by 3:30 in the afternoon.
More and more DDoS attacks are happening lately and happened to big named companies like MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal but the reasons behind these attacks was linked to the WikiLeaks issue. Even these well established companies went down as hackers targeted their websites and it is no easy task to mitigate these attacks.
Some known groups such as 4Chan, Anonymous and #Gnosis who are linked to the WikiLeaks attack were not linked to this one though. But with users not even needing to grasp the idea of internet protocols could simply download programs and cause havoc on mostly anywhere they point it. The good news is WordPress resumes operations but we do not know if it is just because the attacks have temporarily subsided or the blogsite found ways to deflect attacks.