[WASC-WHID] WHID 2011-49: WordPress hit by 'extremely large' DDoS attack

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Mon Apr 25 09:07:59 EDT 2011

*Entry Title: *WHID 2011-49: WordPress hit by 'extremely large' DDoS attack
*WHID ID: *2011-49
*Date Occurred: *March 3, 2011
*Attack Method: *Denial of Service
*Application Weakness: *Insufficient Anti-automation
*Outcome: *Downtime
*Attacked Entity Field: *Blogs
*Attacked Entity Geography: *USA
*Incident Description: *Blog host WordPress.com was the target of a
distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack earlier today described by the
company as the largest in its history.
As a result, a number of blogs--including those that are a part of
WordPress' VIP service--suffered connectivity issues. That includes the
Financial Post, the National Post, TechCrunch, along with the service's
nearly 18 million hosted blogs.
*Mass Attack: *No
*Reference: *http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20038874-83.html
*Attack Source Geography: *
*Attacked System Technology: *WordPress
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