GitHub Struggles With Second Day Of DDoS Attacks

Code sharing site GitHub has been fending off large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks for two days now, with the site repeatedly taken offline.

The attacks started at around 8pm yesterday, when a “large scale DDoS attack” hit. It didn’t last long as GitHub was back online less than an hour later.

GitHub downed by DDoSers again

But today problems emerged again. From 10.30am, another DDoS has taken GitHub down.

“We’re doing everything we can to restore normal service as soon as possible,” a GitHub spokesperson told TechWeekEurope.

GitHub has been keeping users updated on its status page. “We’re simultaneously working on deflecting the attack and restoring affected services,” read a post at 11.17am.

“We’re working to re-establish connectivity after the attack disrupted our primary internet transit links,” another post from 11.48am read.

The site was functioning at 12pm today, but there was no update on the status page.

The site has been battered by DDoS attacks throughout this year. In August, a “very large” strike was reported and it was hit twice in two days in March.

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Thomas Brewster

Tom Brewster is TechWeek Europe's Security Correspondent. He has also been named BT Information Security Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

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