Wordpress traces 2nd DDoS assault to China
Blogging service WordPress suffered a further series of denial of service assaults on Friday, days after recovering from a particularly debilitating attack.
WordPress.com, which serves 18 million sites, traced the vast majority of the attack traffic of the latest assault back to China. Analysis pointed to a Chinese language site as one of the principal targets of the attack.
This as-yet-unnamed site is blocked by Chinese search engine Baidu, prompting speculation that the attack might be politically motivated. However, a closer inspection of events led Wordpress to conclude that commercial motives were probably behind the attack, TechCrunch reports.
Separately the French finance ministry has admitted that it came under a sustained and targeted attack in December, targeting files related to the G20 summit that took place in Paris two months later. More than 150 computers at the ministry were affected, the BBC reports.
Paris Match magazine, which broke the story, quotes an anonymous official who told it: "We noted that a certain amount of the information was redirected to Chinese sites. But that [in itself] does not say very much." ®
Can't we just cut China off from the rest of the internet? No good ever comes from there.
How to lose credibility
If up and coming countries particularly ones like China, Russia and India want the rest of the world to take them seriously, demonstrating macho attitudes by the way of cyber terrorism is not the answer. The entire world knows that any 14-year old techno-savvy script kiddie can launch DDOS attacks and inject malware into an unsecured system, so by demonstrating the ability to do this is not a demonstration of techno power.
If such actions are politically motivated, it simply shows the immatureness of the authorities and not really credible in the eyes of the world. It would so much better if the authorities (in all countries) clamped down on script kiddies and came down hard on cybercrime and spammers, thereby proving that they understand the meaning and power of technology. The world and all its users therein will soon welcome and embrace their techno-savvy overlord.
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Fireworks (cleverness), Tianeman<sp> square (some want their freedom), Chinese art (aesthetics), iching (spirituality), Monkey (cool tv show). So, some good.
And, you know, Foxconn built my iPad. So, there's that.
Mind you, the Chinese leaders aren't the only governments who throw their toys (civilians) out of their prams (into secret torture prisons) when they're pissed.