Top US coding site fights off cyberattack

The popular coding site GitHub has fought off a massive cyberattack that has been hammering it since Thursday.

“All systems reporting at 100%. Attack traffic continues, so we remain on high alert,” GitHub tweeted on Monday.


Starting Thursday, the digital programming tool was flooded with massive amounts of traffic in an effort to force portions of the site offline. This type of digital assault is known as a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack.

Security researchers immediately pointed fingers at the Chinese government.

The traffic overwhelming GitHub was directed through China’s largest search engine, Baidu. And the spike in activity targeted content that’s occasionally censored in China.

GitHub can be used to host “mirror” sites that duplicate Web pages. The practice makes it harder to force a site offline completely and gives Internet users a workaround to get to censored sites.

According to security analysts, the attack traffic was being directed at two specific GitHub pages — one hosting Chinese censorship watchdog GreatFire, another hosting a New York Times Chinese translation mirror site.

GitHub alluded to the attacker's intentions in a blog post.

“Based on reports we've received, we believe the intent of this attack is to convince us to remove a specific class of content,” the company said.