GitHub is currently being slammed with the largest DDoS attack in the history of the site. DDoS stands for distributed denial of service and basically amounts to a flood of bogus network traffic that’s meant to slow down the servers.
GitHub is a software development repository used by countless companies and home users. Jamie Garcia Dias has learned that it’s used to help distribute source code for a huge number of projects, some of which are none too popular in China.
The main targets of the attack appear to be aimed at Greatfire.org and the New York Times, both of which are banned in China. Greatfire.org provides tools that Chinese people can use to circumnavigate the national internet restrictions imposed upon them.
Efforts to mitigate the attack appear to be working at this point in time. GitHub services are almost fully functional as of writing this, although intermittent problems still exist.