June 18, 2019

WordPress.com Targeted in Largest Denial of Service Attack in its History

Yesterday WordPress.com was targeted by an extremely large Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) which resulted in disruptions to the service for about two hours. According to the WordPress.com status page the “size of the attack is multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second.”

There is no news yet on who launched the attack and for what reason. TechCrunch spoke to WordPress’ founder Matt Mullenweg, “This is the largest and most sustained attack we’ve seen in our 6 year history. We suspect it may have been politically motivated against one of our non-English blogs but we’re still investigating and have no definitive evidence yet.”

WordPress.com is the commercial side of the popular open source WordPress blogging platform. Its VIP Hosting solutions serve blogs like CNN’s Political Ticker, Dow Jones’ All Things D and the BBC’s Top Gear. WordPress.com itself sees about 300 million unique visits monthly.

WordPress.com is currently reporting normal service on its site and on its Twitter feed, but continues to monitor the situation closely.

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