Popular blogging platform WordPress has suffered an outage after the website was bombarded with a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack, which the company suspects was poltically motivated.
According to the company, the problems began at around 10:00 AM US time yesterday and caused connectivity issues as WordPress tried to fight back the DDoS attack.
When the attacks were taking place, the company posted a message “WordPress.com is currently being targeted by an extremely large Distributed Denial of Service attack which is affecting connectivity in some cases.”
The website said that the size of the attack was multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second. In a later update the company admitted that owing to the shear size of the attacks, it was finding it difficult to mitigate them.
The platform, which hosts around 18 million blogs, took two hours to get up and running but several users were unable to access the website for up to six hours after the attack, PC Advisor reports.
WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg told PC Advisor that the attacks affected all three WordPress data centres in Chicago, San Antonio and Dallas.
“This is the largest and most sustained attack we've seen in our six-year history. We suspect it may have been politically motivated against one of our non-English blogs but we're still investigating and have no definitive evidence yet,” he said in a statement.