For more than four days, coding website GitHub.com has endured a persistent wave of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, deemed the largest of its kind impacting the site. A day after the attacks began, the online assault involved a “wide combination” of DDoS attacks, which included attack vectors it had seen in previous attacks, along with “some sophisticated new techniques that use the web browsers of unsuspecting, uninvolved people to flood GitHub.com with high levels of traffic. According to The Wall Street Journal, the traffic overwhelming the coding site was redirected from the Chinese search engine Baidu. Specifically, the hijacked traffic was aimed at two GitHub pages, which linked to copies of banned websites in China. One of the blocked sites was operated by Greatfire.org, an anti-censorship site providing workarounds for Chinese users.
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