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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?
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?