WordPress hit by DDOS attack

Posted: March 4, 2011 by tallbloke in Uncategorized

If anyone noticed the severe connectivity issues affecting this site yesterday, here’s the reason:


Blog host WordPress.com was the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack earlier today described by the company as the largest in its history.

As a result, a number of blogs–including those that are a part of WordPress’ VIP service–suffered connectivity issues. That includes the Financial Post, the National Post, TechCrunch, along with the service’s nearly 18 million hosted blogs.

According to a post by Automattic employee Sara Rosso on the company’s VIP Lobby (which had been down at the time of the attacks, though was archived by Graham Cluley over at Naked Security), the size of the attack reached “multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second.” Rosso had also said putting a stop to the attack was “proving rather difficult.”

Read more:
These guys might have some good advice:
Good cartoon too.
The blog daily viewing figures were badly affected, and the total for the day involved the number of the beast. Yikes!
  1. Malaga View says:

    I think I noticed a denial of service this evening over at WUWT…
    Perhaps its more accurate to say it was a Denial by Snip attack…
    Either way… keep up the good work… and don’t let the buggers get you down.

  2. tallbloke says:

    It’s always best to be moderate in our criticism of others. 😉

  3. Malaga View says:

    I’ve often wondered about the Galactic Gatekeeper and can only guess that a REAL Astronomy or REAL Astrophysics site wouldn’t really get an audience… even from the faithful…

  4. Zeke the Sneak says:

    “The blog daily viewing figures were badly affected, and the total for the day involved the number of the beast. Yikes!”

    Does anyone here recall the shrinking numbers google gave for a “climategate” term search while it was occurring in late 2009?

    Lower numbers can be discouraging and distort the picture of how important someting is to viewers. I take all view counts on Youtube with a huge grain of salt. I know they are not accurate. If you ever want to conduct a test on your view counts, I would be willing to participate.

    Anyways, even if you get one click on a certain day, just remember the likely incredibly illustrious nature of that one, and don’t worry about it.