GitHub, the world’s largest code repository, is big in Japan. At a press conference in Tokyo today, co-founder and CEO Chris Wanstrath (pictured above left) announced the opening of the company’s first overseas office in the Japanese capital. He also confirmed that Japan is GitHub’s biggest market outside of the US. “We’re excited to be here because the Japanese open-source community has always been very vibrant and Japan has always been one of the top 10 countries with the most participation on GitHub,” he told the assembled members of the press.
The massive denial-of-service attacks that have intermittently shut down GitHub for more than five days is the work of hackers with control over China’s Internet backbone, according to two technical reports published Tuesday that build a strong case that government authorities are at least indirectly responsible. GitHub officials have said the torrent of junk data pummeling their servers is the biggest they have ever seen.