The US version of the online lexicon Wikipedia and some other editions in Europe were paralyzed by an online attack on Friday. Wikipedia reported in the evening of a so-called DDOS attack. With such attacks, servers are bombarded with a flood of senseless requests until they get to their knees.
Large websites usually have protective mechanisms against this. Wikipedia also spoke of a massive and very broad attack. Shortly before midnight, the Wikipedia pages could be called up again briefly before nothing worked again. Users in the UK and France, among others, also reported problems.
Hackers Report On Twitter
Who is behind it is unclear. Unknowns announced on Twitter that they were behind it. The post was published by a recently created account. To substantiate the allegation, the hackers announced shortly before midnight that the attack should be suspended for a short time before it was restarted. During this period, Wikipedia was actually accessible again.
On Twitter, strangers announced behind a newly created account that they were behind it. To substantiate the authenticity of the allegation, they announced shortly before midnight that the attack should be suspended for a short time before it was restarted. During this period, the online encyclopedia was actually accessible. They wanted to try new attack tools and the attack would be stopped after a few hours, it said on the Twitter account. DDoS attacks on popular websites occur again and again. The short message service Twitter, the online network Facebook and the search engine Google have also been victims of similar cyberattacks in recent years.
Wikimedia Condemns Attack: Attack Threatens Everyone’s Right To Information
According to the Wikimedia Foundation, the attack continues. The experts are in the process of stopping it and ensuring access to Wikipedia again. Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites. Wikimedia condemned the hacker attack on its server. It endangers everyone’s right to free access and disclosure of information.