GitHub down for some users due to yet another Denial of Service attack [Update]

The popular developer community and sharing website GitHub is currently down due to a Denial of Service attack. The site, which suffered from a similar DoS attack in August, started getting hit with this new attack on Wednesday, which later stopped before a new attack commenced earlier this morning.

The site's status page currently shows that the GitHub administrators are trying to get everything back only as the DoS attack "disrupted our primary internet transit links." The latest update shows that "connectivity has been restored for some users" but that the attack itself continues. So far there's no word on the source of this intrusion but there's no indication that any breach of security on the site has taken place.

The Github.com home page still remains up, but if you use the site a lot during the day, be prepared to experience slowdowns and/or outright connection issues with the rest of the site today. Naturally, we will update this post when the DoS attack is over and everything on the site is back up to speed.

Update: The site's status page now indicates that the DoS attack has subsided and GitHub's services have now recovered but the site will keep mitigation features up and running in case another attack commences.

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Someone with a grudge? Complete twats for attacking GitHub. The one place on the Internet that SHOULD BE LEFT Alone. Those are the good guys!! Unless it was a mis configured router etc then...Yeah whoever did that should be ashamed.

Not being snippy or snarky but why do we care? Forum rules have always stated: "Neowin Is Not A Support Forum For Other Sites.
Comparing, judging the content/value or raising the opinion of other sites, recruiting members or staff, bad mouthing (or victimizing) & negative discussion about non/affiliate site issues on our forums is neither wanted nor tolerated. Promotion of individual member sites or blogs will be deleted on sight."

Mods usually close out topics in the forums when we ask if specific sites are down or having issues so why is this any different?

Just asking.

#Michael said,
Not being snippy or snarky but why do we care?

A lot of people here are professionals, many of which may rely on Github. Besides, it's news, not somebody asking for help.

Why would someone DDoS attack a site like GitHub? It's not like they are some unethical money grabbing corporation. It's a community driven open source website.

Ryano121 said,
Why would someone DDoS attack a site like GitHub? It's not like they are some unethical money grabbing corporation. It's a community driven open source website.

For fun? Or, excess of spare time?
I guess not everybody like to work...