DDoS Attack Clobbers Wordpress a Second Time in Two Days

Paul Lilly

After being hammered by a massive distributed denial of service attack yesterday, blog host WordPress.com was barely able to get things up and running like normal before getting walloped a second time in two days. This time, however, WordPress managed to get a handle on the situation rather quickly, though there's still no word on why it was hit with repeated attacks.

"Unfortunately, the DDoS attack from yesterday returned in a different form this morning and affected site-wide performance," WordPress announced on its "Automattic" site. "The good news is that we were able to mitigate it quickly and performance returned to normal around 11:15 UTC. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely."

No one has taken credit for the attacks, which WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg described as "the largest and most sustained attack we've seen in our six-year history." Mullenweg suspects the DDoS attacks are "politically motivated against one of our non-English blogs," though he has no definitive evidence of that claim at the moment.

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