HSBC and GitHub sustain DDoS attacks

19 Oct 2012

The websites of both international banking giant HSBC and social coding community GitHub have been hit by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, causing much disruption for users.

Yesterday, HSBC issued a statement confirming a DDoS attack affected a number of its websites around the world. However, the bank has assured that customer data is still safe and was unaffected by the attack.

Customers were prevented from using HSBC’s online services during the attack. The company is working to resolve the issue and normal operations have already been restored to some of the sites.

In a similar attack, GitHub’s website was temporarily taken down yesterday. Users first started noticing a problem around 9pm last night when they could not connect to the site. The service was disabled shortly afterwards by the site’s administrators who worked quickly to resolve the issue in about 90 minutes.

The site has since been fully restored and said to be working normally. A status update from GitHub said, “We’re investigating additional mitigation strategies to harden ourselves against future attacks, similar or otherwise.”

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic