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.
“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.”
(SecurityAffairs – Wikipedia, DDoS)