Wikipedia Temporarily Taken Down by DDoS Cyberattack

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Wikipedia had fallen victim to a cyberattack today, with the foundation behind the free online encyclopedia calling it a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.The volunteer-run website was unavailable in multiple countries. Most affected appeared to be those in Europe — including Poland, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom — and the Middle East.The Wikimedia Foundation’s German Twitter account was one of the first to share the news before retweeting the English-language statement.The outages took place just before 7 pm BST, according to real-time website outage tracker Downdetector. However, Wikipedia’s status on the website is currently back to “No problems at Wikipedia” and today’s issues have apparently been resolved.The Wikimedia Foundation responded to the outage and explained that the website is an attractive target for wrongdoers because of its popularity. It wrote in an official statement:This particular act of “bad faith” was a DDoS attack, which successfully attempted to take down…

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