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China suspected as software site GitHub hit by attack

The software collaboration website GitHub said Monday it was fighting off a cyber attack since late last week, and security analysts said the effort appeared to originate in China. A US website described as “the world’s largest code host,” GitHub said it first noticed the so-called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack Thursday, with intermittent disruptions over the past few days. Some security specialists went further, saying it appears to be an attempt to block the use of anti-censorship tools in China. “Even people outside China are being weaponized to target things the Chinese government does not like, for example, freedom of speech,” the security firm said.

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