Popular blogging-site hoster, WordPress, witnessed an outage when it was hit with yet another Distributed Denial Of Service (DDOS) attack this morning, being the second in two days. The host has been busy tackling DDOS attacks for the past two days which have resulted in disruption of service for the company’s 18 million blogs including high profile blogs which are counted amongst WordPress’s VIP network.
TechCrunch, one of the biggest name in tech news online was widely affected by the outage and voiced it as the worst WordPress experience ever. Attacked once, the company never expected things to go down again but witnessed yet another attack on the second day.
WordPress support site read:
Unfortunately, the DDoS attack from yesterday returned in a different form this morning and affected site-wide performance. 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.
In an email from WordPress, CNET reported on the matter, of the attack affecting three of the company’s data centers being politically motivated and directed at one of the blog host’s foreign language blogs.
There’s an ongoing DDoS attack that was large enough to impact all three of our data centers in Chicago, San Antonio, and Dallas–it’s currently been neutralized but it’s possible it could flare up again later, which we’re taking proactive steps to implement. This is the largest and most sustained attack we’ve seen in our six-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.