GitHub, a coding site from the United States, said last Sunday that what caused the intermittent outages for the social coding site were cyber-attacks, which lasted for days, with the China pointed as the source of the attack, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The coding site said in their twitter account that “Eighty-seven hours in, our mitigation is deflecting most attack traffic. We’re aware of intermittent issues and continue to adapt our response,”
According to experts, the attack disguises as flood traffic, also called as a distributed denial of service, or DDos attack. Such attacks are one of the most common on the Internet.
The Wall Street Journal also stated that a search engine from china called Baidu Inc., flooded GitHub with Internet traffic. They also added that the Chinese run organization were targeting two pages from GitHub that linked to copies of sites that are restricted in China
GitHub stated on its blog that such attacks started as early as Thursday morning. They also said, “it involves a combination of attack vectors.”
The blog post added that “These include every vector we’ve seen in previous attacks as well as some sophisticated new techniques that use the web browsers of unsuspecting, uninvolved people to flood github.com with high levels of traffic,”
“Based on reports we’ve received, we believe the intent of this attack is to convince us to remove a specific class of content.”
GitHub is one of the most established companies in the United States that supply social coding tools for developers and prides itself as one of the few large-scale code host that currently persist in the whole world.
A Baidu spokesperson from Beijing said in a report that the company has recently conducted a detailed investigation and came up with the conclusion that a security problem on Baidu’s side nor hacking problems caused such attack.
The spokesperson added that, “We have notified other security organizations and are working to get to the bottom of this,”
Experts suggest that the United States government must act swiftly to address such problem. Since the previous year, there has been a steady increase of cyber-attacks arising from china. They said that such attack endangers not only America alone but also the whole world as these hackers also target military data. Quite recently, Washington accused china of stealing important documents, which include top-secret information about the designs of the new F-35 jet fighter.