WordPress Outage Today: Taken Down By DDoS Attack

By Peter Chubb - Mar 4, 2011

A huge percentage of blogs were shocked to learn that there was a WordPress outage today, as it was taken down by a DDoS attack. Although WordPress managed to get things under control, there are fears that it could happen again. It is reported that this is the largest attack in the six years that the company has been in service.

There have been a number of suggestions why this happened, but according to a report on CNN Money, Matt Mullenweg, from WordPress, said that it could have been the result of a political attack – whatever that means? They have no evidence to back this up, but you can be sure that they will be investigating the matter.

This attack is unlike anything we have seen before, and just shows that we should not take the security of WordPress for granted. Do not get angry if you are a WordPress subscriber, as they have another 18 million websites to worry about. You might wonder how a service such as WordPress was unable to protect itself against these attacks, but some of you will know how hard it is to defend against DDoS attacks.

You have to admire how simple the attack is, as all it does is send a large amount of traffic to the servers to overwhelm it, which then leads to issues with gaining access to websites that use the WordPress service. This is not the first time that such an attack has happened, and will not be the last – we have to wonder if there is anything that can stop this from happening again?

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