WordPress Under a Large DDoS Attack
By on March 3rd, 2011

If you are experiencing issues with your WordPress service, you are not alone. WordPress says it is under, what they think is, the largest DDoS attach they have ever seen. The size of the attach is multiple gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second. The attach has affected all three datacenters WordPress uses in Chicago, San Antonio and Dallas.

The attack seems to have minimized a bit but there is no word yet about who is behind such a massive attack. Many people are suggesting that it is a politically motivated move. Here’s a complete statement that was posted on the WordPress VIP Blog, as reported by TechCrunch:

WordPress.com is currently being targeted by a extremely large Distributed Denial of Service attack which is affecting connectivity in some cases. The size of the attack is multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second.

We are working to mitigate the attack, but because of the extreme size, it is proving rather difficult. At this time, everything should be back to normal as the attack has subsided, but we are actively working with our upstream providers on measures to prevent such attacks from affecting connectivity going forward.

We will be making our VIP sites a priority in this endeavor, and as always, you can contact us via xxxxx@wordpress.com for the latest update. We will also update this post with more information as it becomes available

The WordPress.com official Twitter account was last updated with this message:

Sporadic slowness is back — we’re battling a non-trivial DDoS attack and will update as soon as it’s mitigated.

 

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