GitHub Hit by DDoS Attack, Again

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 03:01 PM gHale

GitHub suffered a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack Monday that prevented users from accessing some services.

“We are currently working to mitigate a DDoS attack. Some services will be unresponsive,” a post from GitHub Status said. GitHub is a web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system.

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While the site is back up and running, there was a time Monday when there was a problem.

January 27, 2014
15:06 UTC: We have confirmed that is unreachable and are investigating.
15:07 UTC: We are investigating reports of problems reaching
15:10 UTC: We are currently working to mitigate a DDoS attack. Some services will be unresponsive.
15:27 UTC: Everything operating normally.

GitHub does get its share of DDoS attacks. However, since they’re becoming used to such cyberattacks, the site’s administrators have gotten very good at mitigating them.

Before this attack, the last one reported was December 16, 2013. At the time, it took around 25 minutes to restore services.

Users who want to know the status of the can follow the GitHub Status Twitter account or they can check out

The site and the Twitter account are useful for GitHub users since they post alerts in case of DDoS attacks, technical issues or scheduled maintenance.

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