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Wired: Microsoft Crashes: The Fallout; MS DNS may be running on at least one Linux server

Jan 26, 2001, 23:16 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)

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"One day after it claimed human error shut down all of its websites, Microsoft admitted that a second shut-down was the result of a denial of service attack. The news left many wondering whether both attacks were actually the work of crackers, or whether Microsoft might have chosen to cover up a second internal error by shifting the blame outside of the company."

"But sources close to the company insist that Microsoft had indeed been the victim of a denial of service attack on Thursday. It also appears that Microsoft has now handed over the management of its DNS routing systems to Akamai, and may be running Linux on at least one of its servers."

"Greg Keefe, the owner and operator of DNS service provider HammerNode.com, noted that the company had "frantically off-loaded the management of their DNS to another company today." ... Matt Power of the BindView Corporation's RAZOR Team also noted Microsoft's outsourcing of its DNS. ... Power also noted that his research indicated that the "z*.msft.akadns.com" servers are using a "networking implementation very similar to that of Linux."

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