By Nicole Perlrothoct
UltraDNS Server Problem Pulls Down Websites, Including Netflix, for 90 Minutes
SAN FRANCISCO - UltraDNS, a web content delivery service, went down Thursday afternoon, taking with it a number of popular websites, including Netflix and Expedia.
The cause of the 90-minute failure was an internal issue in a server on the East Coast and was not the result of an attack by hackers, said Lara Wyss, an UltraDNS spokeswoman.
Initially, members of the UltraDNS support team indicated the issue stemmed from a DDoS or Denial of Service attack in which hackers flood a service with traffic until it collapses under the load. But after further investigation, the company's chief information officer said that the issue was not caused by a DDoS assault but by a technical malfunction, Ms. Wyss said in an interview.***** Moderator's Note *****
I've cut way back on "security" postings, but this one has a roundabout applicability to telecom: UltraDNS, the article notes, was acquired by Neustar, which at one time had the contract to provide the "Local Number Portability" database.
I'm also curious if any of the readers can explain how ultraDNS, Akamai, and CloudFlare make the Internet viable as a mass-content-delivery mechanism. We used to say that TCP/IP was B.A.D. for broadcasting use - "Broken As Designed" - but every Netflix subscriber, myself included, is making use of whatever the workaround is.
Bill Horne Moderator