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503 server error when attempting a search

     
3:29 pm on Jul 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just attempted a search on google.com and got this seeveral times :

Google
Error

Server Error
The service you requested is not available at this time.
Service error -27.

Presumably its a tempoary glitch, but I have never seen it before

8:33 pm on Jul 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If you're getting IPs blocked - I suggest you check your hosts file...
8:39 pm on Jul 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Search engine traffic to my web sites are up about 15% today over a normal Monday, with an overall higher percentage coming from Google searches.

dataguy -

Are orders up? In other words - does it seem to be good traffic or a fluke?

8:41 pm on Jul 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Google released a statement to CNN at 3 p.m. ET saying the site "experienced slowness for a short period of time early today because of the MyDoom virus, which flooded major search engines with automated searches.

[cnn.com...]

8:46 pm on Jul 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Web Worm Spreads, Slowing Online Search Sites - A fast-spreading computer worm that uses Web search sites to find victims made a broad assault on computers worldwide on Monday, causing problems for Google Inc. on the day it offered new details about its initial public offering, security experts said.

[reuters.com...]

Related Stories ... [news.google.com]

9:14 pm on Jul 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"dataguy -

Are orders up? In other words - does it seem to be good traffic or a fluke?"

Orders are up, it's definately good traffic, though it may be a fluke.... It's about time Americans get home from their vacations isn't it?

12:24 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's about time Americans get home from their vacations isn't it?

Just about ;)

1:13 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)



Google is not technically down. If you are using Google more than a certain number of times, it is blocking your IP address from using google just in case you are a robot trying to query Google too many times. Once again, Google is NOT DOWN (refers only to the server error message). If you are a getting a server error it just means your IP address has been temporarily blocked from using Google. To fix this if you are in dial-up sign-off then sign back in. If you are on cable call them and see if they will reboot and change your IP. If on DSL, then disconnect, wait 2 minutes, and connect.

If someone else posted the same info, I apologize, i didnt feel like reading 13 pages of posts.

1:46 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If you're getting IPs blocked - I suggest you check your hosts file...

Tend to disagree. At the moment of my post 5 people from across the globe got the same error message for the queries described. Would be really surprised if it was an intended ban from G for automated queries of all 5 person.

11:10 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Did anyone here get hit by this virus? Do you know anyone that was hit by this virus?

I'm having a hard time figuring out how a virus that appears to have such a low threashold of propogation could cause this kind of disruption for a system like the search engines.

11:16 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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None of our computers have been infected, and they are on a variety of AV systems over several locations.

I tend to agree with you Brett - especially with G and their ability to cope with quite extreme upturns in traffic has to be massive - certainly beyond this bug!

It would really have to be something special to bring G to its knee's!

- also the Server Error 27, sounds very low in the food chain! Though don't know what '27' means!

11:43 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm having a hard time figuring out how a virus that appears to have such a low threashold of propogation could cause this kind of disruption for a system like the search engines.

I receive many copies of what appears to be the virus in question every day, so I guess it's definitely out there. It's sufficiently sneaky in appearance that it would fool many newbies. Neverthless, I agree, there is something we're not being told.

In one of the articles mentioned, someone said that the method of attack was new and sophisticated (rough quote). As I said in another post, it seems that the various virus analysers around the world missed part of the payload on this one.

Kaled.

1:07 pm on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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...how a virus that appears to have such a low threashold of propogation could cause this kind of disruption...

I heard Google is being searched about 200M times a day currently? (please correct me if wrong). I don't know the specifics of this new breed Mydoom.O, and doubt we'll be told. But imagine, the infected PC does a search query - a second, you only need 2314 infected PC's to produce another 200M queries a day.

R

3:21 pm on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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None of our networks ( >500 workstations ) were infected, running Mcafee/NAV.

The virus alerts I saw about Mydoom.0 all had its status as low.

It is plausable that IP blocking of unusual usage eg > 10 queries an hour could have been implimented in the short term by G, as precaucionary measure.

We sometines forget that as SEO's our usage of SE's and the amount of queries we run manually is far greater than a 'average user'.

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