More than four days after it began, the massive DDoS attack on GitHub is still ongoing. The attack has evolved significantly since it started and GitHub officials said they believe that the goal of the operation is to force the site to remove some specific content.
In the evening hours of March 25, DDoS attack traffic began hitting a pair of URLs hosted on GitHub. The URLs, github.com/greatefire/ and github.com/cn-nytimes/, both are related to Chinese content and researchers looking at the attack discovered that the attackers apparently were using scripts placed around the Web were hijacking Baidu traffic to flood GitHub. The attack succeeded in causing interruptions to GitHub’s services at various points over the next couple of days as the company’s team worked to filter the traffic and mitigate its effects.