Wordpress.com blogs brought down by denial of service strike
by Candice Miller Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Taking down WordPress.com with Distributed Denial of Service
There was a pretty big denial of service strike from WordPress.com last Thurs. The WordPress Foundation owns WordPress.com. There are three large server farms that host it too. There were gigabits of data sent to WordPress servers in the Distributed Denial of Service strike. Distributed Denial of Service attacks are relatively common, especially for well-known sites, but the size of the WordPress DDoS strike was surprising. The strike brought on WordPRess.com web sites to go down. This was intermittent.
Reason large websites endured
WordPress runs sites such as CNN.com, Wired and Flickr. None of these online websites went down during the Distributed Denial of Service strike though. The reason for this is because they are not hosted by WordPress.com, they are hosted by WordPress.org. The program from WordPress is used on online websites such as Wired and CNN. They use WordPress as a content manager. However, using the WordPress program is not the exact same as owning a WordPress.com site. WordPress Foundation hosts WordPress.com blogs. The company’s own server hosts WordPress.org blogs and websites though. Any website using WordPress wouldn’t be affected by a WordPress.com DDoS attack.
Network security expenses
Network security, safeguarding a site from Distributed Denial of Service and hacker attacks, is an ever-important issue. The security is received by smaller businesses and individuals by putting that on larger servers. WordPress.com is one of these. Network security protection is offered by many of these hosting services. For larger corporations that host their own web sites, however, the truth that hackers can now effectively leverage gigabits worth of web traffic means taking more time, money and work just to keep their websites accessible.
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