Blogging service WordPress suffered a further series of denial of service assaults on Friday, days after recovering from a particularly debilitating attack.
WordPress.com, which serves 18 million sites, traced the vast majority of the attack traffic of the latest assault back to China. Analysis pointed to a Chinese language site as one of the principal targets of the attack.
This as-yet-unnamed site is blocked by Chinese search engine Baidu, prompting speculation that the attack might be politically motivated. However, a closer inspection of events led Wordpress to conclude that commercial motives were probably behind the attack, TechCrunch reports.
Separately the French finance ministry has admitted that it came under a sustained and targeted attack in December, targeting files related to the G20 summit that took place in Paris two months later. More than 150 computers at the ministry were affected, the BBC reports.
Paris Match magazine, which broke the story, quotes an anonymous official who told it: "We noted that a certain amount of the information was redirected to Chinese sites. But that [in itself] does not say very much." ®