The popular free online encyclopedia Wikipedia was not reachable following what it has described as a “malicious attack”.
Popular online reference website Wikipedia went down in several countries after the server of the Wikimedia Foundation that host it were hit by a “massive” Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
The news of intermittent outages was first disclosed by the organization in a tweet on Friday.
Wikimedia Foundation also confirmed the attack and informed the users that its experts were already working to restore normal operations. The organization did not attribute the attack to a specific threat actor, we cannot exclude that it was a demonstrative attack to test the firepower of a DDoS botnet that is a available for rent.
“Today, Wikipedia was hit with a malicious attack that has taken it offline in several countries for intermittent periods. The attack is ongoing and our Site Reliability Engineering team is working hard to stop it and restore access to the site.” reads the statement published by the Wikimedia Foundation. “As one of the world’s most popular sites, Wikipedia sometimes attracts “bad faith” actors.”
Wikimedia condemned the malicious attacks and pointed out that it threatened “everyone’s fundamental rights to freely access and share information.”
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.