Jan. 21 — A computer glitch is being blamed for cutting off Web traffic headed for Yahoo.com and Microsoft.com on Saturday. For about 12 hours, thousands of Internet users trying to visit those two popular Web sites and dozens of others were instead sent to a Web page owned by MyDomains.com. The president of the Web hosting company, Richard Lau, said he was “a little bit in shock at the ease with which this has gotten out of control.” He added that the episode proves a computer criminal could “easily” hijack all traffic on a part of the Internet.
>> The extra traffic bombarded MyDomain.com’s Web servers, causing the company’s home page to crash. Lau said the accidental increase in bandwidth would cost his firm some $4,000.
Reminds me of the time last year when a Japanese portal linked to a little crafts site I manage but called it Yahoo. The mistake was fixed within a few minutes, but the potential bandwidth suck scared the bejeezus out of me.