Github Hacked : U.S Coding forum Github hit by cyber attack

30 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

China Suspected of Cyber-Attacks on Anti-Censorship Website, NY Times, Say Reports.

US coding site GitHub said it was deflecting most of the traffic from a days-long cyber-attack that had caused intermittent outages on the social coding site, with the Wall Street Journal citing China as the source of the attack. “Eighty-seven hours in, our mitigation is deflecting most attack traffic.The site is the host for Greatfire.org, an organization which monitors Chinese online censorship activity and offers Chinese users some ways around online restrictions, and CN-NYTimes, the Chinese-language version of the New York Times.

(Bloomberg) — GitHub Inc., a U.S. website designed for computer programmers, has been under attack since Thursday in what may be an attempt by China to disrupt efforts to circumvent that country’s censorship policies. From Thursday (March 26), GitHub underwent a ‘distributed denial of service’ attack in which huge numbers of page requests overwhelm a site’s servers, causing all or part of a site to become unavailable.

The attack took the form of a flood of traffic, known as a distributed denial of service – or DDoS – attack, which are among the most common on the internet. The attack is seen as part of an escalation by Chinese authorities, who already have tens of thousands of staff operating interventionist tools within China, to extend their control of the Internet to domains overseas. New York time on Sunday. “We’re aware of intermittent issues and continue to adapt our response.” About three hours later GitHub said its evolving tactics were improving performance. By only using traffic from outside China and taking it away from Baidu, the Chinese authorities can plausibly deny knowledge of the operation, and a Chinese site can claim to be the victim. Communicating by Twitter and its own security pages, GitHub says that it has deployed defences against the DDOS assault, but that the attack has since evolved into one targeting other pages and assets.

He said he doesn’t have any insight on who is behind it and that tracking down a culprit often is less important than a strong defense against the attacks. In January, Greatfire reported on a Chinese attack on Microsoft Outlook that it said involved the issuing of fake site security certificates by the China Internet Network Information Center.

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