Baidu’s content data network (CDN), the computers that serve Baidu analytics and Baidu ads has been hijacked and is being used to launch a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on popular developer tool Github.
This DDOS attack is interesting for a few reasons:
- It leverages unsuspecting website visitors with uncompromised machines to create a DDOS attack
- It appears to be an attempt to pressure Github, a non-news organization, to censor content that China objects to.
- This outbound attack appears to be originating from the government controlled Great Firewall.