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1:34 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing reports from different spots in the US of difficulty in reaching major sites like Yahoo, MSN, etc. DNS errors seem to be showing in many cases.
1:35 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator bakedjake is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



It's a problem affecting Akamai - all of Akamai's customers appear to be having problems.
1:38 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My brother in Montreal can't resolve google.com or google.ca; he just asked me as I was opening this message....

I'm just hoping it's nothing too serious :(

1:49 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Same here - I wonder if Akamai is being DOS'd again?
2:05 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo was out for me a while back but it's back now.
2:06 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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SANS reporting it now:

[isc.incidents.org...]

FYI: A lot of the major players are switching from AkaDNS to static DNS right now in hopes of getting their websites back up.

3:10 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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this site is down, i guess to get slashdotted and webmasterworldet? at the same is not such a good thing for the average server...
12:54 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Anyone else getting this at [search.msn.com?...]

Service Unavailable - DNS failure

The server is temporarily unable to service your request. Please try again later.

12:56 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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worked for me

[google.com...] doesnt work though

12:57 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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working again now. Didnt for about 10 minutes though (in the UK).

Maybe they exceeded their bandwidth allowance

12:58 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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ah, just tried MSN again and now i get the sames DNS failure
1:01 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Something weird going on? Google, Altavista, Alltheweb are not reachable for me this morning on the East Coast. My conection is through Globix in NYC.
1:04 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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AS for msn Search DNS failure clear your cookies that should fix it.

[webmasterworld.com...]

regards,
Mark

1:11 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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google.com and all the related google.ca , google.co.in ,etc are down.
1:16 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm still unable to reach [google.com...] but [216.239.39.99...] works just fine. I also can't see Yahoo...

The problem resolving hosts seems to be limited to search engine sites.

Google, Yahoo, Alltheweb, Altavista, Lycos, Hotbot are unreachable because their host names "cannot be found";

MSN [http://search.msn.com/] results in "Service Unavailable - DNS failure"

Teoma, Ask Jeeves, and various 'smaller' search engines are reachable however.

Seems like somebody's up to something nefarious, no?

1:20 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Getting the DNS error for MSN from Spain too...
1:21 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)



At the moment from the UK I get 'DNS failure' for MSN, and I also cannot reach Lycos or Hotbot. I tried MSN through a US proxy and got 'Service Unavailable'. Strange...
1:23 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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DNS Failure on MSN search for the UK too.
1:23 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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For me, Google, Lycos.com, Altavista, Alltheweb dont return even the ip address from a ping.

I agreee, all other sites seem to be fine. Some sort of virus, DOS attack targeting the major engines?

Im in the UK

1:29 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's an Akamai DNS issue. Yahoo, MSN, Google, Apple, etc. all having problems this morning, because they all use Akamai.
1:32 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The DNS system that matches named addresses to IP addresses appears to have been hacked in some way, making many of the world's major search engines, including Google, Yahoo, and MSN Search unreachable this morning.

The search engines themselves do not appear to have been hacked, since they are reachable by the numeric IP addresses of their web servers.

The attack appears to be targeting search engines but not other kinds of sites. For example, Microsoft's MSN web portal site is reachable by Internet users but its MSN search is not.

Does this phenomenon extend beyond search engines?

1:33 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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hacked

No, it's a problem at Akamai.

Yes, it does extend beyond search engines to any of Akamai's customers.

1:38 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's an Akamai DNS issue. Yahoo, MSN, Google, Apple, etc. all having problems this morning, because they all use Akamai.

Wow. That sounds like a major 'eggs all in one basket' mistake! Why oh why would it be like that?

1:50 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Why oh why would it be like that?

Akamai is the only place w/enough infrastructure and bandwidth to support those sites - which makes them a constant target for DOS attacks.

1:53 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the explanation, BakedJake!

They seem to have just fixed things over at Google -- I can reach Google, Google News and MSN search. Still can't get to Yahoo, though.

1:54 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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fixed things

They switched from AkaDNS to static DNS. Yahoo's in the process of doing the same thing - the main pages work, but not the login system yet.

Akamai is still very broken.

3:58 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I get all the sites now, guess i'm just lucky. Comcast in Chicago.
8:07 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator bakedjake is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



[apnews.excite.com...]

Young called it a "large scale, international attack on Internet infrastructure." However, there was no evidence that non-Akamai infrastructure was affected.
8:53 pm on Jun 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the story link, bakedjake. And the punchline:

Shares of Akamai were up 71 cents, to $15.62, in Tuesday trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
4:52 am on Jun 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Was getting errors yesterday while accessing gmail.com, now it all works good.

Have they fixed it?

Sid

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