The popular website Tux Machines has evidently fallen victim to a DDoS attack that made the site unavailable for part of the day on Friday. The announcement of the attack was initially made in a blog notice posted on the site late Friday morning GMT which opened with the line “Tux Machines has been mostly offline this morning.”
According to the blog post, the attack was at first thought to have been initiated by the Chinese web services company Baidu, but a later update indicated that turned out not to be the case. “…Baidu was [not] at fault but botmasters who used ‘Baidu’ to masquerade themselves, hiding among some real and legitimate requests from Baidu (with Baidu-owned IP addresses).”
At this time, it’s not known who’s behind the attack. Roy Schestowitz, who with his wife Rianne publishes both Tux Machines and the politically oriented FOSS blog site Techrights, told FOSS Force, “We’ve suspected EPO seeking revenge, which makes sense for Techrights, not Tux Machines.” EPO refers to the European Patent Office which recently threatened Schestowitz with civil action over an article which claimed the EPO purposefully gives priority to patent applications from large corporations.
This isn’t the first time the outspoken Schestowitz’s sites have come under DDoS attacks. In September and October of 2014, both sites came under a crippling attack that lasted for several weeks and which left both sites unreachable for long stretches of time. Indications are that this current attack isn’t nearly as damaging, although Schestowitz said that he and his wife had been working to keep Tux Machines functional throughout the weekend.
We sent Tux Machines an email this morning to determine the current status but have not received a reply. However, at the time of publication the site was responsive, as was Techrights.