Wikipedia was hit by a ‘malicious attack’ that made in unserviceable in many parts of the United States of America (USA) and Europe on September 9. Issues were reported by users from Germany and other parts of the countries through social media platforms. #WkipediaDown was shared by many users on their social media platforms. The news was confirmed by Wikipedia via its twitter account.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is a type of Denial of Service (DoS) attack where traffic from various Trojan(virus) affected systems is directed to a single system (here Wikipedia).
Today, Wikipedia was hit with a malicious attack that has taken it offline in several countries for intermittent periods. The attack is ongoing; our Site Reliability Engineering team is working hard to stop it and restore access to the site. https://t.co/cu9AXWFaTG #Wikipediadown
— Wikimedia (@Wikimedia) September 7, 2019
“We condemn these sorts of attacks. They are not just about taking Wikipedia offline. Takedown attacks threaten everyone’s fundamental rights to freely access and share information. We in the Wikimedia movement and Foundation are committed to protecting these rights for everyone,” said Wikimedia Foundation which owns Wikipedia.
Wikimedia confirmed that they had “dedicated systems and staff” to work out the fix for the attack. “If problem occurs, we learn, we improve and we prepare to be better for next time,” said Wikimedia.
The people or group involved in the attack are unidentified. NetBlocks a non-profit internet freedom group claims that the attack was not only meant for some language edition but also for all the language editions of Wikipedia. NetBlocks confirmed the site being back to normalcy around 8:10 am on Saturday after nine hours of global outrage.