GitHub Suffers Major Outage – Expert Comment

Code-sharing site GitHub has suffered a major service outage, but the cause is still unknown. Security expert Travis Smith commented below.

Travis Smith, Senior Security Research Engineer at Tripwire comments: 

“While a drop in service such as this may be attributed to an operational malfunction internally at GitHub, it can’t be ruled out that this was a targeted attack. Due to the popularity of the service, it’s difficult to determine the motive of the attack. Not only could this be an attack against GitHub, but also an attack against any number of their customers who leverage GitHub’s service in production environments. By bringing down GitHub, they may affect productivity of any one of their customers.

DDoS attacks can be as simple as an activist trying to make a statement or as complex as a distraction technique as part of a bigger attack campaign.  Over time it will be uncovered if this was a malicious attack or not.  If it turns out this was a malicious DDoS attack, we may never know the true intentions the attackers had.”

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