Code Repository Hit by DDoS

Monday, August 19, 2013 @ 05:08 PM gHale

GitHub, the online repository that software developers use, suffered a “very large DDoS attack” Thursday morning.

The outage came to light at 8:47 a.m. Pacific time. This is not the first attack against the San Francisco-based software repository as it also had a major August 4.

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GitHub hosts a mix of public and private projects split across open and closed source.

The site works using the Git version-control system, which is a common tool of developers across the world to deal with large code projects. Over the past few years, the site has become one of the main places that people push their repositories to, and for that reason an outage has a major effect on the developer community.

Public repositories can post for free, but companies must pay to gain private ones. The site is a frequent target of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. As mentioned, the last major attack was August 4, and before that July 29, and before that July 19.

One reason why it is such a target is it is a central repository for a large amount of projects, some of which are closed source. DDoS attacks are hackers tool to test and probe a way of finding vulnerabilities in a site, so there is a chance these outages come from probing attempts by hackers that want to get at code stored on the service.

“The site continues to be operational, however we are going to keep the status at yellow while we continue to monitor closely and work with our upstream providers,” the site’s Status Messages said.

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