MANILA, Philippines – Rappler’s website is currently weathering a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS).
The attack started at around 5:55 pm bringing down the site a number of times for the past two hours.
As of 9:56 pm, the site has already received over 6 billion in accumulated requests as part of the attack.
At the peak of the attack, the site was being barraged by over 650,000 requests per second. At the start of the attack around 95% of the requests were hitting a recently published story on the Philippine Senate’s approval of a bill allowing 100% foreign ownership of public services. The barrage of requests later switched to the Rappler homepage.
This is not the first attack on a news website in recent months. Last Saturday, December 11, 2021, the news website of Philippine media giant ABS-CBN went down for a total of six hours also due to a DDoS attack.
This is a developing story. It will be updated with more details about this attack. – Rappler.com