WordPress sustains massive DDoS attack

Share this article:

Popular blogging platform WordPress was subjected Thursday to a vicious distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

The site, which hosts more than 17 million blogs with 286 million monthly readers, was able to recover as of mid-afternoon EST on Thursday.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said in a blog post that many users experienced performance or connectivity issues.

Cluley cited an email exchange with a representative of Automattic, operator of WordPress, which said the site was hit with a major DDoS attack that measured "multiple gigabits per second."

WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg told TechCrunch that this was the "largest and most sustained attack" the site has had to fight off in its six-year history, affecting all three data centers in the United States.

Mullenweg told the technology blog that he believes the attack may have been politically motivated against a "non-English" blog. He also warned that the attack may return.

An email sent to Mullenweg by SCMagazineUS.com was not immediately returned.

Share this article:

Sign up to our newsletters

More in News

DDoS attacks remain up, stronger in Q2, report says

DDoS attacks remain up, stronger in Q2, report ...

Prolexic's second quarter DDoS report noted the proliferation of shorter attacks that ate up more bandwidth.

Superman soars above fellow superheroes as most toxic search term

A McAfee study found that searches pertaining to Superman exposed users to the most infected websites.

Black Hat talk on Tor weaknesses canceled

Black Hat organizers say legal counsel for the Software Engineering Institute and Carnegie Mellon University nixed the session.