WordPress Blogs Still Down After Cyber Attacks

Even though the report by AFP below says that it’s up, it’s not. I wonder if this is affecting Asia alone. I can’t log in to any other wordpress blog sites either. I just get a blank page and a failed to open page message. So sad.

Hope you visit me on this blog though which is not affected as it’s hosted on Go Daddy.

WordPress back up after attacks ‘from China’
(AFP) – 17 hours ago

WASHINGTON — Blog publishing platform WordPress was running normally on Sunday after suffering cyber attacks suspected to have originated in China.

WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg told TechCrunch, a leading Silicon Valley technology blog powered by WordPress, that the first distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks began on Thursday and continued into Friday.

In a typical DDoS attack, a large number of computers are commanded to simultaneously visit a website, overwhelming its servers, slowing service or knocking it offline completely.

WordPress, which powers millions of websites, said it had been hit by an “extremely large” DDoS attack “affecting connectivity in some cases.”

Mullenweg told TechCrunch that 98 percent of the attacks over the two-day period originated in China and they were likely “politically motivated.”

He said one of the targeted sites was a Chinese-language site operating on WordPress which also appears to be blocked on Chinese search engine Baidu. He did not identify the site.

Hackers operating from China have been frequently accused of carrying cyber attacks including a widely publicized penetration of Google computers in 2009 which led the Internet giant to halt censorship of its search engine in China.
Google said the cyberattacks originating in China included attempts to access the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists around the world.

US computer firm McAfee said last month that hackers from China have also infiltrated computer networks of global oil companies, stealing financial documents on bidding plans and other confidential information.

According to US diplomatic files obtained and published by WikiLeaks, the United States believes that China’s leadership has directed hacking campaigns into computers of Google and Western governments.

In one cable, the US embassy in Beijing said it learned from “a Chinese contact” that the Politburo had led years of hacking into computers of the United States, its allies and Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

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5 Responses to WordPress Blogs Still Down After Cyber Attacks

  1. Lady J says:

    I rather be overseas than to be stuck at home and not be able to blog.. sigh..

    • bookjunkie says:

      I miss your blog so much….all I get is a blank failure to connect page now. Heard it’s a problem with Starhub and WordPress at the moment? Thank goodness for twitter, otherwise I would feel so lost and unconnected. I am realizing how powerful and wonderful social media is, especially in times like this.

  2. Pingback: Sorry, My Blog was Attacked: I’m Still Here | Tiny Island

  3. You’re back! I thought I was the only one having problem with WordPress! Now that I see your post, I know I can start blogging. 😀

    • bookjunkie says:

      Tiny Island seems to be down again….can’t get into your blog either. I heard it’s a problem with both the recent cyber attacks as well as some issue Starhub has with WordPress. Hope it’s all up again soon. Major withdrawals…..need to get my daily wordpress updates from my blogging friends 🙂

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