Google hit by DNS Issues

Written by Jason Cundall

May 9, 2005 // 2:21 p.m.

Tags: #cache-poisoning #dns #dns-issues #google-downed #sogo

According to several reports on the net, Google briefly disappeared from the web's radar on Saturday, due to 'DNS' related issues. This explanation and the fact that those visiting the site were being redirected away to SoGo.com has led those in the know to suspect that Searchzilla was the victim of a DNS cache poisoning attack. eWeek has more:

The outage lasted for several hours and affected the Google.com home page, Gmail, Google News, Froogle, Google Images, Google Groups and Google Local. The outage also caused service failure on advertisements from Google's AdSense service.

Google Director of Corporate Communications David Krane confirmed the outage but insisted it was not the result of a malicious hack.

"Google's global properties were unavailable for a short period of time earlier today. We've remedied the problem, and access to Google has been restored worldwide," Krane said in a statement released to Ziff Davis Internet News.

On search-related discussion forums and Weblogs, Web surfers reported being redirected to SoGoSearch.com, a third-party search engine not associated with Google Inc.


Google are denying the rumours - you can read more at eWeek, and comment on their woes in the News forum.
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