San Francisco-based GitHub was taken out with a denial of service attack Wednesday. Scripts from the Beijing-based Baidu sent traffic coming to a page operated by GreatFire and a page with Chinese-translations of The New York Times. As is the focus of DDoS attacks, GitHub’s availability was knocked out as a result of the traffic caused. In morning tweets during the attack, GitHub informed followers that the attack was still going and getting worse, but that they were on top of dealing with it.
As of two hours ago GitHub states that the DDoS attack is still being worked on. Meanwhile Baidu has said that it had nothing to do with the attack intentionally. The Chinese search engine titan also says that it is working security specialists to find out the cause of things. The company made certain to state that its security hadn’t been compromised during the attack on GitHub.
Speculation in tech and security circles say that the attack was a means of strengthening China’s methods of web censorship by taking out sites that could allow for users to get around it. Baidu was simply used as a means of amplifying the attack due to how sizable it is and the amount of traffic it can produce.