This Wednesday, GitHub pages were non-functional as there was some instability in their servers. A hacker claimed that he performed a DDoS attack on the website. Github was down for roughly about an hour before normal functionality was restored.
A hacker that goes by the name of Hax Stroke, a part of Ghost Squad Hackers Tweeted:
Hello @github a little hug from HaxStroke at your website, ^^.
— Hax Stroke (@HaxStroke) January 2, 2019
Hax Stroke claims to have performed the attack using RPCBIND service DDoS amp and that it was ‘just a demo’.
The Issues, PRs, Dashboard, Projects seemed to be down, enough for the website to not load at all.
— Eduardo Granados (@odraudek99) January 2, 2019
The outage was observed in many parts of the globe.
— Outage.Report (@ReportOutage) January 2, 2019
The same person also claims to be responsible for the YouTube outage end of last year.
— Hax Stroke (@HaxStroke) October 18, 2018
The new year has just started and users observed issues in using GitHub:
GitHub is down and the year has barely started! pic.twitter.com/d8mfXrHtDY
— Arun Gupta (@arungupta) January 2, 2019
On their status website, their official comment as of January 2, 16:32 UTC is: “Resolved – We observed elevated error rates and discovered a capacity issue in one of our databases which impacted Web, API, and Gists. A backlog was cleared and systems returned to normal.”
This isn’t the first time when the crowd favorite open-source repository was malfunctional. In October last year, GitHub was down for one whole day due to a failure in its data storage system.