GitHub Goes Down with Massive DDoS Attacks Directed at their Chinese Services

March 30, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have been shooting up of late. We have come through the Christmas attacks upon PS and Xbox servers that led the holiday season gaming to be a damp squib.

The latest victim of the DDoS attacks is GitHub, and the assault has crippled their server availability on huge scales.

GitHub, the web-based repository hosting service offering distributed revision control and Source Code Management, has claimed that the increased useless traffic across two specific pages has let down their app servers.


The unsuspicious traffic flooded across the one run by GreatFire and that of The New York Times translations since Wednesday night, following which users experienced intermittent hassles to catch-up with the servers.

The high and unintentional traffic paved the way for a massive DDoS attack, which the company said was the biggest in their history.

They have also said that the intent of the attack is believed to be for convincing them to pull-out from ‘a specified class of content’, which reports suggest to be of their Chinese entries.

GreatFire has been trying to get round with the censorship norms for Chinese citizens, and has been dubbed as the Great Firewall of China.

On the same side, the other page that involved heavy traffic deals with Chinese translations of New York Times and certain banned websites.

The origin of the attack is also believed to be associated to be with the scripts of Baidu, who says that they have been ‘working together to keep their internal security uncompromised’, denying their hand of involvement in the issue.

GitHub is still sorting it out to get their services back on track, with massive attacks peaking up again throughout the weekend.

Security analysts believe that a hijack was carried out along the border lines of ‘China’s inner network and Internet, replacing some of the Java scripts in Baidu with malicious ones’.

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