Wikipedia had fallen victim to a cyberattack today, with the Wikimedia Foundation calling it a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. | Source: Shutterstock
Wikipedia had fallen victim to a cyberattack today, with the foundation behind the free online encyclopedia calling it a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
The volunteer-run website was unavailable in multiple countries. Most affected appeared to be those in Europe — including Poland, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom — and the Middle East.
The Wikimedia Foundation’s German Twitter account was one of the first to share the news before retweeting the English-language statement.
Euch fehlt der Wikipedia-Artikel was DDoS ist? Hier die Einleitung des Artikels dazu:
“Denial of Service (DoS; engl. für „Verweigerung des Dienstes“) bezeichnet in der Informationstechnik die Nichtverfügbarkeit eines Internetdienstes, der eigentlich verfügbar sein sollte. 1/3
— WikimediaDeutschland (@WikimediaDE) September 6, 2019
All Clear at Wikipedia
The outages took place just before 7 pm BST, according to real-time website outage tracker Downdetector. However, Wikipedia’s status on the website is currently back to “No problems at Wikipedia” and today’s issues have apparently been resolved.
Popularity Attracts Bad Actors
The Wikimedia Foundation responded to the outage and explained that the website is an attractive target for wrongdoers because of its popularity. It wrote in an official statement:
“As one of the world’s most popular sites, Wikipedia sometimes attracts “bad faith” actors. Along with the rest of the web, we operate in an increasingly sophisticated and complex environment where threats are continuously evolving. Because of this, the Wikimedia communities and Wikimedia Foundation have created dedicated systems and staff to regularly monitor and address risks.