GitHub recovers from major outage; cause unknown – SC Magazine UK
As of writing, it is not publicly known if the outage stemmed from an internal error or from the latest in a series of external cyber-attacks against the service. GitHub’s site performance was noticeably impacted just this past 23 March following a DDoS assault against the website.
Asked for an update and an explanation of the underlying issue, a member of GitHub’s communications department directed SCMagazine.com to its online status page, which showed that from around 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m, eastern standard time, app server availability ostensibly plummeted to zero percent, while response times spiked.
Travis Smith, senior security research engineer at cyber-security software firm Tripwire, said in a statement emailed to SC, “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”, against not just GitHub, but also “any number of their customers who leverage GitHub’s service in production environments.”
GitHub experienced an especially severe DDoS attack in March 2015 — an attack that many researchers have attributed to state-sponsored Chinese hackers.