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Akamai Having Problems?

Hemos posted more than 10 years ago | from the problems-around dept.

The Internet 216

A reader writes:"It appears that sometime during the night, Akamai had some problems causing some connectivitly issues with many hosts thoughout the night. Akamai provides a DNS load balancing solution to many major internet companies/sites including (but notlimited to) Google, Yahoo, etc. Is it a bad idea to rely so heavily upon one service for our major internet needs? " Not much details - but I can confirm having problems this morning. Thanks to alert readers for pointing that they were having "DoS related issues" and that service was restored as of 1400 GMT.

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SBC? (5, Insightful)

boschmorden (610937) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237452)

Perhaps this is related to the SBC strike?

Re:SBC? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237459)

Did the bytes join in solidarity?

Re:SBC? (5, Funny)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237537)

Did the bytes join in solidarity?

Word up!

Re:SBC? (1)

benploni (125649) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237618)

Word up!

Ha! I had scrolled past it when I got it :-).

Re:SBC? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237549)

Make packets not pickets!

Redundancy (5, Interesting)

some1somewhere (642060) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237507)

Their system is supposed to be distributed in such a way that any major outage in a section of the internet would not affect their overall ability to deliver the content, so presuambly any outage an ISP would not hit their too hard.

BTW something interesting:
http://a1.g.akamaitech.net/6/6/6/6/w ww.peacefire.o rg/bypass/Proxy/akamai.html

Re:SBC? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237667)

I know for a fact that it isn't.

Apple down, Microsoft up (4, Informative)

Gtz (18854) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237464)

I can confirm problems accessing the apple.com trailers, but microsoft.com has no problems. I thought they were using Akamai's services as well?

Re:Apple down, Microsoft up (4, Funny)

lazy_arabica (750133) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237612)

microsoft.com has no problems. I thought they were using Akamai's services as well?
They are:
www.microsoft.akadns.net CNAME www2.microsoft.akadns.net
Oh my god, this must be another Microsoft conspiracy, you'll soon see them shutting google.com down ! :-P

Just in case you have more problems... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237465)

% host www.google.com
www.google.com is an alias for www.google.akadns.net.
www.google.akadns.net has address 216.239.39.99
www.google.akadns.net has address 216.239.39.104
www.google.akadns.net has address 216.239.39.147
% host www.yahoo.com
www.yahoo.com is an alias for www.yahoo.akadns.net.
www.yahoo.akadns.net has address 216.109.117.207
www.yahoo.akadns.net has address 216.109.118.65
www.yahoo.akadns.net has address 216.109.118.68
www.yahoo.akadns.net has address 216.109.118.69
www.yahoo.akadns.net has address 216.109.118.70
www.yahoo.akadns.net has address 216.109.118.79
www.yahoo.akadns.net has address 216.109.117.204
www.yahoo.akadns.net has address 216.109.117.205

apple trailers (2, Informative)

pinky99 (741036) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237467)

yes, i noted also it, when i wanted to watch new movie trailers at apple's qt site, which is appearantly and unfortunately hosted by akamai.

Re:apple trailers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237891)

It's sort of hard to differentiate between the stuttery, unstable playback of Quicktime and network issues related to streamed content. I'd test it a few time to be sure, if I were you. ;)

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237468)

first post

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237470)

fp

I thought they do file hosting also (5, Interesting)

nev4 (721804) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237477)

Akamai also hosts files (images, binaries) for many major websites. Seems like they have some pretty insane bandwidth too...

Re:I thought they do file hosting also (0, Redundant)

The_Mr_Flibble (738358) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237517)

Tell Me about it !!!

Re:I thought they do file hosting also (5, Informative)

r_cerq (650776) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237653)

No, they don't need to. Akamai's model is to install a bunch of their own machines (a PoP) in each and every middle-to-large ISP. They then use source-based DNS to direct requests to the nearest PoP (with some luck, it'll be within your ISP's network). They basically work as a smart reverse-proxy. You make your request to their PoP, and the PoP serves the content from cache. If you happen to be the first person requesting said content, the PoP will fetch it from the originating server (Apple, MS, CNN, whatever) and cache it to serve following request.

Re:I thought they do file hosting also (4, Interesting)

Misch (158807) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237716)

Like Livejournal [livejournal.com] . They use Akamai for hosting userpics. This morning my buddy list was having trouble loading the images. (as they note here [livejournal.com] .)

Having problems? (4, Funny)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237480)

Posting a link to their website on Slashdot should help them out.

Re:Having problems? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237762)

You think Slashdot can affect them? How quaint.

It's simple. (1, Funny)

Bug-Man (83169) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237481)

Terrorism.

Re:It's simple. (1)

idsCypher (542075) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237565)

true imagine an terroriste org having acess to shutdown this kind of companys. truly not a pretty sight when this happens.

Re:It's simple. (3, Interesting)

87C751 (205250) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237700)

Terrorism.
Funny you should say that. First thing this morning, I noticed my ThreatTray [threat-advisory.com] monitor was blank. I checked, and the Department of Homeland Security [dhs.gov] was not answering. And who do you suppose runs their webservers [netcraft.com] ?

erm... (4, Insightful)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237482)

So, you had a problem on the Inernet, no one else has reported this, on any or the mainstream news sites, and the whole Internet is coming to an end?

And this is *news*???

Re:erm... (4, Funny)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237510)

In other news, my home DSL briefly went down during a severe thunderstorm the other day.

Re:erm... (1)

Servo (9177) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237621)

CNN Headline News is reporting that my neighbors portable phone caused a brief 5 second outage on my home Wireless Access Point.

Re:erm... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237691)

The other day, the whole Internet was down. The cause was traced to their cable being unplugged from my computer. I put it back and restored the Internet. I hope this didn't cause anyone problems.

Re:erm... (1)

Giant Panda (779279) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237665)

In other news, my home DSL briefly went down during a severe thunderstorm the other day.

It's the end of the Internet as you know it. Or is it the end of civilization?

Re:erm... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237728)

Except this is news, as this outage caused major problems with bestbuy.com, amazon.com, yahoo.com, google.com, ichotelsgroup.com, and countless others.

Major news sites probably haven't covered this because this is "News for nerds."

Not a problem with having one company (4, Funny)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237484)

I don't think it's a problem to go with one company. As long as that company has a distributed solution with many uplink providers. So, basically redundancy when something happens because no matter how good you are there will always be hickups.

Re:Not a problem with having one company (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237569)

They do have a distributed cluster type system (it's a great way to get peering) however I believe they may use global update tools (this is just a wild stab in the dark and based on best guess (as I have seen 1 cluster loose connectivity totaly whilst they blamed everything but their servers which in the past hour I have proven to be untrue))

Re:Not a problem with having one company (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237575)

hiccups you mean

Remember, Akamai uses Linux. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237489)

So much for Linux being so "secure" and "stable". I hope you Gnu/hippies accept the FACT that Linux is CRAP.

Microsoft has had enough this time. Longhorn and Longhorn server will eliminate you once and for all and modding the truth -1, flamebait won't help it!

Re:Remember, Akamai uses Linux. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237563)

OS/X Server :) - No Sasser here...

Re:Remember, Akamai uses Linux. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237615)

Yeah, probably no http requests either. No one cares.

Re:Remember, Akamai uses Linux. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237843)

Obviously you have no brain, so no higher level brain functions I guess you wet, weak, pathetic M$ apologist.

Internet Storm Centre has a little (4, Informative)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237497)

"Akamai problems. Quiet, well kinda quiet, day on the Internet Update (Mon. May 24th 9 am EST, 13:00 UTC, 15:00 CEST)

It appears that websites that use Akamai's distribution system are currently not reachable. Security related web sites effected are symantec.com and trendmicro.com. Virus updates may fail as a result. Further details are currently not available and updates will be posted here as they become available. Thanks to Vidar Wilkens for alerting us of this problem.

According to a post to NANOG, the outage may be the result of a DDOS attack. At this point, Akamai has not ETA for a resolution.

Update 09:45 EST: Looks like some of the Akamai hosted sites start to come back."

You gotta love that "Quiet, well kinda quiet". ;)

Re:Internet Storm Centre has a little (1)

stevesliva (648202) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237605)

Gotta love the joke in "security related web sites effected" also. Are they trying and failing?

Re:Internet Storm Centre has a little (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237627)

If it was a DDoS attack, it would have to have been a biiig one! I suspect a slashdotting would barely be a blip in their normal load.

Perhaps.... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237502)

Perhaps it is because of karmatic [slashdot.org] pretending to be posting mirrors of various stories on Slashdot over the last 24 hours, but instead using Akamai as an open proxy to mirror the sites for him:
  • here [slashdot.org]
  • here [slashdot.org]
  • here [slashdot.org]
  • here [slashdot.org]
Nice bit of bandwidth theft, there.

Re:Perhaps.... (1)

koniosis (657156) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237560)

hmmm, that is pretty cheeky actually

Re:Perhaps.... (0, Troll)

hkroger (666340) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237593)

So is this legal or not? More information needed. I could use also their bandwidth. =)

HAHAHAHA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237832)


seems like anon coward has a hard-on for Karmatic

steal bandwidth, block adverts, download mp3's

We do that already. (4, Insightful)

Underholdning (758194) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237505)

Is it a bad idea to rely so heavily upon one service for our major internet needs?
We do that already. Remember when verisign introduced Sitefinder, thus effectively making various services (like spam filters etc) unusable because non-existing domains all of a sudden replied with a valid IP.

NOC Says: (4, Informative)

j0keralpha (713423) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237506)

Akamai's NOC says service restored approx 1400GMT. Earlier NOC quotes include: It is a system-wide problem that "looks like it may be a DOS attack".

Re:NOC Says: (1)

Lord Zerrr (237123) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237610)

Oh no not DOS, anything but DOS...ok now that thats out of my system.

Which version of DOS do they think it was? I heard it was MS DOS.

Re:NOC Says: (3, Insightful)

baudilus (665036) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237661)

I wonder what kind of DOS attack could take down akamai? Their bandwidth is almost scary (I've downloaded stuff from them at well over 9 mbps from my home machine). I'd hate to think someone has enough bandwidth to attack them, unless it was some sort DDoS.

Re:NOC Says: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237758)

It had to be someone with equal bandwidth, like their evil twin iamaka. I am AKA. Maybe it's akamai that's the evil twin?

Re:NOC Says: (3, Informative)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237848)

While collectively Akamai is near impervious, there's probably a 'weak link' in there somewhere. I would guess that the servers which direct you to the local cache were the target - they deal only with requests and routing so they wouldn't need anything like the bandwidth that the actual media caching servers have, and if the media servers are up but the routing servers are down then the system is essentailly dead.

Kinda like the time they DDoSed some of the DNS roots - if they'd got a few more of them it could've pretty much taken out the entire web without actually needing to attempt the near impossible task of offlining all of the millions(?) of normal site servers out there.

Re:NOC Says: (1)

kwoff (516741) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237797)

DOSing all of Akamai? Holy cow.

Yahoo had trouble for at least an hour or so. (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237518)

Yahoo had trouble for at least an hour or so.

Apple.com Slow down (1, Informative)

koniosis (657156) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237523)

Me and a lot of people I know have been having issues with apple.com specifically the quick time trailers section. Download speeds hit rock bottom, at about 200bytes/second on a 3MB cable connection. As I said, this was a number of people experiencing the same speeds.

Blueyonder UK

Re:Apple.com Slow down (1)

koniosis (657156) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237584)

And guess what, turns out Apple.com uses Akami as its mirror! Guess that all makes sense then. Phew, I was starting to think it was my connection :)

What really happened... (4, Funny)

Fulkkari (603331) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237526)

The cleaning lady needed electricity to her vacuum cleaner.

Poor sysadmins.

Discussed on Nanog... (4, Informative)

rf0 (159958) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237528)

NANOG Archieve [merit.edu]

Rus

Answer (4, Informative)

Mr_Silver (213637) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237531)

Is it a bad idea to rely so heavily upon one service for our major internet needs?

Of course it is a bad idea.

However, blame that on the other competing services who haven't become cheaper, faster or better at whatever it is that makes Akamai so popular.

Ah, knee-jerk reactions. (5, Insightful)

jdreed1024 (443938) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237532)

Is it a bad idea to rely so heavily upon one service for our major internet needs?

I love how the first reaction when something goes wrong is to replace it, or introduce competiton, or whatever. Yes, there are plenty of times when a service needs competition to encourage it to suck less. But go find me another company that is even remotely prepared to do DNS load-balancing. Verisign? Oh, that's a great idea. Going to start one yourself? Let us know when you have the infrastructure.

The fact is, we have NO idea what caused this. There's no link to any story anywhere - just one reader report. It could be Akamai's fault. It could be their upstream providers. It could be failures elsewhere in the Internet. Could be someone uploaded a bad zone file. Or maybe some over-zealous backhoe operator slashed some fiber somewhere.

It's probably best to reserve judgement until you have all the facts. (And if you're about to hit the reply button, yes, I'd say the exact same thing if MSFT lost their DNS service).

Re:Ah, knee-jerk reactions. (2, Insightful)

The_Mr_Flibble (738358) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237600)

Akami host their clusters all over the planet it is a fully redundant service it would of had to be a major fault to cause it to go down.

Grammar check! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237539)

Not many details. Many, dammit! :)

Single Domino Theory Revisited (5, Insightful)

dalillama (770418) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237541)

People say that the Internet can't be knocked out. That may be true in the infra-structure sense, but if you're able to knock down Akamai or any other major solution provider, think of the sites that would go down (Google, Yahoo et al), and the repercution on the global economy. So yes, the domino theory doesn't apply to the Internet, but it becomes exponentially more dangerous when we rely on one domino for a significant share of of communications.

Re:Single Domino Theory Revisited (1)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237561)

Thye provide a load balancing service. The sites wouldn't go down. Microsoft routinely switch their akamai feed on and off.

Re:Single Domino Theory Revisited (2, Interesting)

dalillama (770418) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237603)

I know-- But if a significant portion of their load-balancing is knocked out of service, the effects are still substantial. Imagine Google running at 10% capacity...

Re:Single Domino Theory Revisited (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237870)

Yes...oh dear God imagine if Google was down for a day what would the world do?

24/7 Application Uptime (4, Insightful)

Stalus (646102) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237548)

I guess this throws a wrench in their claim of 24/7 uptime on their main page. Nice how their marketing team says 100% availability, when people get PhD's by adding more 9's to their 99.99..%'s

Yahoo investor message boards were farked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237555)

They did manage to serve up the banner ad, but the rest of the page just sat there. Same with cnn.com. Seemed to resolve itself here in Philly about a half hour ago.

YIKES! (3, Funny)

ZHaDoom (65485) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237577)

I hope its not my fault. I knocked out 3 of akamai servers with a router problem =(

They just found the culprit (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237589)

The outage was apparently related to a DDOS attack against project Gutenberg that started this morning.

several possibly related outages over the weekend? (3, Interesting)

Servo (9177) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237595)

At work we lost connectivity to a handful of remote sites located in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast. Other sites in the same region but different cities were not affected. I was told it was a fiber cut on AT&T's backbone.. wonder if it has anything to do with this.

Report from Akamai (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237601)

Our Akamai rep tells us that it was an issue with a software version rollout. They flushed all their image caches, and effectively caused a DOS on themselves.

Why? (1)

mattgoldey (753976) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237602)

Why is this news? I swear /. is going downhill fast.

Silly Akamai (3, Funny)

avisdream (770669) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237637)

I've had so many problems with akamai as of late...it seemingly has a monopoly over just about any commercial website I'm interested in. I don't see images very often while I'm at work...they just idle. Maybe it's a sign that I should stop shopping when I'm supposed to be working :(

Closer to home (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237649)

Is it a bad idea to rely so heavily upon one service for our major internet needs?

Yeah. Duh. But, where else can I get a /. fix?

eBay affected also (2, Informative)

jelevy01 (574941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237651)

I couldn't get to eBay this morning either. It seems to be resolved now though.

Re:eBay affected also (1)

cloudmaster (10662) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237905)

eBay was the one that I noticed, though my wife later complained that Yahoo! was unresponsive. Surprisingly (or not, I guess, due to my local caching DNS) Google was still working well...

WORM_AGOBOT.GN (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237655)

I was unable to get to the sites for the major AV Vendors this morning. I chalk it up to Agobot as it
DDOS's their sites. See the following link:

http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/virusencyclo/def au lt5.asp?VName=WORM_AGOBOT.GN&VSect=T

Notice on Akamai Control site (4, Informative)

Reckless Visionary (323969) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237680)

Akamai has posted a notice on the website customers use to get reporting and manage content.

Due to a peering problem between ATT and UUNet, a subset of UUNet users may have experienced problems accessing Akamai delivered sites between 8-10pm EDT on Saturday May 22, 2004. The problem has been fully resolved.

Re:Notice on Akamai Control site (4, Informative)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237752)

8-10pm EDT on Saturday May 22, 2004

Well, unless you have a *really* bad latency problem, I don't think that's going to be an issue with a problem on May 24th...

DNS flaky for the last 90 days (4, Interesting)

sphealey (2855) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237690)

As a small company we have a limited view of the Internet, but it seems to us that there have been DNS and connectivity problems thoughout the Internet for the last 90 days or so. I was guessing that there was a DDoS attack against the root DNS servers that wasn't being reported. This would seem to be along the same lines.

sPh

Re:DNS flaky for the last 90 days (1)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237731)

Would it not be more likely that your ISP is having problems? Or do you send all requests directly to the root servers?

Re:DNS flaky for the last 90 days (1)

sphealey (2855) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237824)

> Would it not be more likely that your ISP is
> having problems? Or do you send all requests
> directly to the root servers?

Our ISP is a pretty big one, and we use djbdns which I believe goes to the roots if the lookup is not cached.

Still, your questions are good ones and we have asked ourselves the same things. Usually when response seems slow in the office it is also slow on various cable and DSL services at employee's homes too though.

Maybe I am just getting old and cranky: "When I was young the 'net was FAST. And we didn't have any extra "Inter" letters on the front of it either!".

sPh

What about Bittorrent? (4, Interesting)

KhalidBoussouara (768934) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237706)

Bittorrent reduces the load on the central server by having everyone who downloads content upload content to other users. Couldn't a similar system be designed for HTTP connections? Obviously it would be designed with much smaller files in mind and with less overhead.

I realise no one give a shit about some large company's bandwith but for small community sites it could really make a difference. They wouldn't have to pay for a company to mirror their site and would save on bandwith costs.

This wouldn't work for server side scripts (as the HTML output would be different for every user) but for static HTML and images it would be perfect.

ebay is down (1)

KLP-2002 (548875) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237711)

ebay.com.au was down for about an hour, but up now.

DDoS on my server (1)

ozzy_cow (453986) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237714)

I'm not sure if this is related, but last night about 5pm UTC my host http://www.ezzi.net got hit with a DDoS attack. Couple hours later they were up and running though.

from their support website (4, Informative)

john_uy (187459) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237743)

Advisories

Due to a peering problem between ATT and UUNet, a subset of UUNet users may have experienced problems accessing Akamai delivered sites between 8-10pm EDT on Saturday May 22, 2004. The problem has been fully resolved.

Maybe the problem has recurred.

Re:from their support website (2, Informative)

jea6 (117959) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237862)

This was a different issue altogether. Saturday's issue only affected incoming traffic from any UUNet network. Today's issue was much more widespread.

I don't think it was just Akami. (2, Interesting)

pedantic bore (740196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237753)

I was having all kinds of problems browsing the web last night: about half the sites I tried to visit (including slashdot and freebsd.org) simply failed to connect. The others were perfectly fine. I didn't see any pattern to it, but I wasn't looking very hard.

Since I've had problems like this with my ISP, I figured it was something local. I guess not.

OK, moderate me redundant because now I see a million other people saw the same thing...

noticed it too. (1)

john_uy (187459) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237769)

for the past few minutes, i was actually searching for any news regarding akamai downtime (and here it is.) i thought it was just a local problem. but when i tried most to test different servers, they were unpingable a while ago. tried to get to ping and do traceroute from different lg and traceroute sites and all ended in * * *.

maybe they autoupdated all their servers and made them reboot?

let's see what updates they have on their support site.

:)

Official Report (1, Insightful)

ps (21245) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237782)

is due within the hour. We're pulling out our SLAs to find out what recourse we have against them. We were down for almost 90 min.

ah! caching DNS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237790)

maybe there's a new DNS replace project going on,
and their test runs are conflicting with the "old" DNS service.
anyway, get a caching DNS server ...
from my experience TODAY, once the name got resolved
the rest of the data from the site would load like normal ...

I've noted a big problem... (4, Interesting)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237792)

.. with akamai-hosted sites that has an odd effect in Mozilla Firefox 0.8 on Linux. A combination of Firefox doing an unnecessary reverse lookup on the IP that's being connected to (this is in addition to the regular forward lookup to get the IP, and waits until timeout, usually 30 seconds) and akamai's lack of any reverse zones configured for their boxes.

A buddy of mine worked through further diagnosis to reveal this problem and registered a bug report with the MozDev team, however, after he contacted Google to inform them of the problem, they put in a blank in-addr.arpa zone file for their IP's, which resulted in an immediate negative result on that reverse zone lookup. If the rest of akamai would get on the stick and do the same, the problem would be history.

was setting a new computer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237794)

and thought my router was having problems.
Happens every time!

akamai and spamcop.net (1)

Hayzeus (596826) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237805)

I've noticed that akamai seems to carry an mx record for www.spamcop.net. As of the last couple of days. I can't seem to resolve bl.spamcop.net -- is this the same issue? Anone else having this problem?

michaelmoore.com (3, Funny)

dario_moreno (263767) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237816)

seems also to be down. I was trying to access it after the Cannes result, and thought the US government had censored it...

Re:michaelmoore.com (1)

shadowcabbit (466253) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237849)

[michaelmoore.com] seems also to be down. I was trying to access it after the Cannes result, and thought the US government had censored it...

That, my friend, takes a special kind of paranoia.

Symantec (1)

bubba_ry (574102) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237855)

I do know that Symantec's site is difficult to reach and they use Akamai.

I worry about my AV updates being incomplete...

2.5 hours downtime (1)

m0i (192134) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237871)

As seen on http://alpha.cesmail.net/graphics/spamstats.gif

Akamai says it's a bug in the software, not DDoS (5, Informative)

tsu doh nimh (609154) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237895)

A guy I spoke with this morning at Akamai said this morning that the problem was NOT the result of any outside attack on the company's servers. Rather, he said, the problem stemmed from a bug within a tool that allows customers to purge old content and update their cache with new content. Akamai said the problem lasted about 90 minutes, and affected numerous Akamai customers. No response, though, as to why this bug suddenly reared its head.

Haha (2, Interesting)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237916)

Akamai provides a DNS load balancing solution to many major internet companies/sites including (but notlimited to) Google, Yahoo, etc. Is it a bad idea to rely so heavily upon one service for our major internet needs?

Don't you see the irony? How much of the internet populace depends on Google for their searching needs?

I suspect the problem here, as there, is that there aren't many who can compete at a service level.

Problems last nite was Qwest to Verizon (1)

Jaiden (64072) | more than 10 years ago | (#9237926)

Last night, the problem I saw was that Qwest couldn't connect to Verizon. Verizon in MA was basically hard down because of this. I got the Qwest guys and the Verizon guys working on it. Sucks to have a client in Hong Kong that calls me in the middle of the night when they can't get their email.

Here's what's happening (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9237930)

Currently akamai is configured as an open proxy. This is obviously bad (for them), since anyone can steal the service they're selling for big bucks.

Try:
http://a40.g.akamaitech.net/7/40/1601/1d/i mages.sl ashdot.org/topics/topiclinux.gif

(it works with ANY URL)

Obviously, they noticed it, and tried to fix it. Their fix turned out to block valid customers (like Apple, as has been mentioned), so now they have rolled it back to the free-for-all setup.

They're probably working on a better fix right now.
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