GitHub 1, China 0, as sustained cyberattack ends after five days

The code-sharing website is back up and running after a week-long attack crippled its services. The attack was blamed on Beijing, an allegation it didn't actually deny.

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US and Chinese politicians meet to discuss cybersecurity issues (Image via CNET/Reuters)

Code-sharing site GitHub has recovered after a week-long cyberattack that downed pages and left users experiencing crashes.

The company's Twitter account sent out a message on Tuesday following the attack saying its systems and operations were running "normally."

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The site crashed on March 27 it suffered the "largest" distributed denial-of-service attack in its history, starting early in the morning the day prior. In a blog post, the code-sharing site said the site was being attacked in "every vector we've seen in previous attacks as well as some sophisticated new techniques."

The flood of traffic is said to have originated from Chinese search engine Baidu, which security experts speaking to The Wall Street Journal said was to blame for paralyzing the site.

Although the company did not point the finger of blame at any particular attacker, it did say it believed the "intent of this attack is to convince us to remove a specific class of content."

One of those most affected by the GitHub crash was GreatFire.org, an anti-censorship monitoring service that keeps copies of websites prohibited in China. GreatFire.org blamed the Chinese government in a blog post Tuesday, saying Beijing's actions have "clearly escalated the tactics that they use to control information."

China regularly blocks access to various websites, including news outlets. In recent months, Beijing blocked access to the Reuters news agency and Gmail.

The Chinese government did not deny the allegations, but instead claimed it is one of the "major victims of cyber attacks."

Despite having a full day of uptime since the attack, GitHub remains on high alert.

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