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Latest MyDoom Variant Gives Google Problems

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the down-and-out dept.

Google 607

Devil's BSD writes "It seems like the latest MyDoom worm variant has caused a bit of an Internet storm. Google, at this time (12:28 EDT), is returning 503 errors on all queries submitted from certain locations. The MyDoom variant searches the user's address book for email domains (i.e. @yahoo.com) and searches various engines (such as Google) for email addresses in that domain."

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Alright, this means war (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802725)

Virus writers want to attack Microsoft or SCO, fine... but this... this is war! YOU DO NOT ATTACK THE GOOGLE!!!

Re:Alright, this means war (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802850)

yeah, right. i mean google dont just return 500 irrelevant entries for product "search" services before 1 relevant entry.

oh, wait a minute... they do.

Re:Alright, this means war (4, Funny)

aardwolf204 (630780) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802921)

Ahem, its TEH GOOGLE! get it right

P0$t (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802729)

The firt of Posts is like the Ace of Spades, so useless by itself, yet so necessary in a full house. Of Spades that is.

Re:P0$t (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802798)


Ace of Spades? Lemmy, is that you? The new album rocks..

Re:P0$t (1)

Fizzog (600837) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802971)

If you think that an Ace is necessary for a full house, then I want to play poker with you for money!

Oh no (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802733)

Now my hotmail account will start getting spammed :(

Re:Oh no (1)

mikehoskins (177074) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802993)

Now I'm thinking that the posters should have cached those links using Google. Oh wait!

i was wondering (2, Informative)

The Other White Boy (626206) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802734)

i was getting errors when trying to search, but people i was talkin to online elsewhere in the country were fine. my whole office was screwin up.

gmail still works tho, hrm.

Re:i was wondering (1)

jlechem (613317) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802776)

This would explain the error 27 I was getting while trying to search. And I just got an email to not even open webmail from my work. Guess this thing is pretty bad.

Re:i was wondering (1)

mobiGeek (201274) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802874)

It's not a problem if you are using a secure browser (and not opening attachments).

Re:i was wondering (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802909)

That won't save you from the secondary effects.

Re:i was wondering (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802836)

i was getting errors when trying to search, but people i was talkin to online elsewhere in the country were fine. my whole office was screwin up
gmail still works tho, hrm.

You work in corporate communications, don't you?

Why the unevenness? (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802983)

Google is BIG. VERY VERY BIG. They have server farms all over. What's more, they have different DNS entries depending on which server you look them up from- this helps spread the load out geographically. So, someone Googling on the east coast doesn't get the same server as Google on the west coast. Therefore, though part of Google is down, the rest may yet be up.

Ah hah (4, Funny)

suso (153703) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802735)

I thought I was going nuts, I've never had google give me problems.

I found it hard to remember the names of other search engines that I could use though.

Re:Ah hah (4, Funny)

boredMDer (640516) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802812)

Other....search engines?

Do explain such a foreign concept as this.

Google is the one, the almighty.

Re:Ah hah (5, Funny)

Jim Hall (2985) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802849)

I found it hard to remember the names of other search engines that I could use though.

You could do a Google search for them, I suppose... :-)

Re:Ah hah (1)

abcxyz (142455) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802891)

I had exactly the same problem, but had a couple bookmarked:

Ended up using All the Web [alltheweb.com] .

There's also HotBot [hotbot.com]

Re:Ah hah (1)

suso (153703) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802939)

Yeah, I ended up going to hotbot, which was the search engine I used before google came along. But that was like 4 years ago. Before that I think I used altavista and then yahoo before that and then before that there was lynx and goofer.

Re:Ah hah (1)

AngryScot (795131) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802960)

I was looking for some asp tutorials and google didnt work. Rather than go use another engine I just started guessing at urls. It never occured to me to use another Search Engine :).

Only Google web search down? (2, Informative)

sup191 (649962) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802737)

Everything else seems to be ticking ok (news, images, Froogle, etc...)

Re:Only Google web search down? (1)

erinacht (592019) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802815)

Google is only the web search really, the other stuff is good and all, but without the search engine we all rely on, google is ghastly!

Think I'll be using All The Web [alltheweb.com] for a while, you know you lose trust in something...

Re:Only Google web search down? (0, Flamebait)

Jon_E (148226) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802872)

seems to be pretty slow .. slashdotted? ;P

Re:Only Google web search down? (1)

sup191 (649962) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802926)

I use Google Groups and News quite a bit actually. The news search is especially helpful when trying to pinpoint information on a subject when a reputible source is required. That sounded more professional than it was supposed to. :)

Hrm (-1, Offtopic)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802738)

Pst! Slashdot editors always posting duplicate stories. This already happenned last week... on this website!

Didn't it?

Re:Hrm (2, Funny)

slthytove (771782) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802822)

I would normally use Google to figure out the answer to your question, but, uh...

Re:Hrm (1)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802916)

I was referring to the very high number of 503s that /. was giving out last week, which seemed to have gone unexplained.

Last weeks upgrade (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802942)

No it wasnt a DoS, it was an upgrade.. And it was announced beforehand..

Yup (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802741)

I'm getting "
Server Error
The service you requested is not available at this time.
Service error -27
"
for all of my search attempts.

An Example (1)

nofx_3 (40519) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802744)

Can someone give an example showing this error? I am unable to reproduce it.

-kaplanfx

Re:An Example (1)

savagedome (742194) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802779)

Search for any term on google and I get the following:

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

Re:An Example (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802933)

I just got the same thing.


Freaked me out too....never had google fail me before. :(

Re:An Example (1)

AngryScot (795131) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802919)

Server Error The service you requested is not available at this time. Service error -27. I cant use google.com or .co.uk :( I saw this earlier today and came to /. to see what the problem was :)

fp! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802745)

boyakasha

just now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802749)

just when i needed it to search 234324093 of things!!!

(radiosoo) rlz.

Service error -27. (0, Redundant)

drcannaba (521970) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802753)

I get:
Server Error
The service you requested is not available at this time.

Service error -27.

fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802754)

google slashdotted???

or more preciesly google [my] doomed!!!

I can get in (1)

DarkMavis (767874) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802756)

As of 11:52 am CST I can get to Google.

mydoom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802761)

Google was probably just confused with the upcoming release of Doom3. Google is just used to reporting 503 errors to any doom3 query sinc eit was vaporware until just recently.

Shouldn't that be easy to fix? (4, Insightful)

ggvaidya (747058) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802763)

If MyDoom uses certain search strings, you just dump all such searches? Worse case, just dump any search for anything which looks like an e-mail account?

Re:Shouldn't that be easy to fix? (1)

Roguelazer (606927) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802862)

That is in fact what they did. :D Try searching for any e-mail address (yours, mine, example@example.com)

What a day to have problems! (4, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802764)

CNN is on behind me, and they've been talking about nothing but Google's IPO. Seems like really bad timing for Google. :-(

The end of the world! (5, Funny)

Jamori (725303) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802766)

Google is down ... the world is ending! The beginning of the apocalypse! (I can't even check if I spelled that right without google)

That tears it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802770)

Somebody call Homelnd Security - it's time to track down and eradicate Windows machines once and for all. The government has already issued a statement advising that IE is inherently unsafe, so it's time to take the next step.

Nostradomus predicted this right? (5, Funny)

craenor (623901) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802773)

Google going down is the first sign of the apocalypse. Now if my wife asks me for sex (the second sign), I'll know the world is going to end...

Re:Nostradomus predicted this right? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802818)

she asked me for sex - does that count? :)

Re:Nostradomus predicted this right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802856)

Burn!

Re:Nostradomus predicted this right? (4, Funny)

craenor (623901) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802966)

Sadly, that's not a sign of the Apocalypse, that's the sign that it's Monday.

Looks like their already dealing with it (1, Redundant)

lofi-rev (797197) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802777)

Just got this reply: Your client does not have permission to get URL /search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=e-mail+example.com&btnG=G oogle+Search from this server.

Google key (3, Informative)

xenostar (746407) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802778)

To use the Google API you need a key generated by Google, which requires a small registration, so, while of course, if the perpetrator did fill it out, he probably put in fake information, it would still be a good place to start looking.

Re:Google key (2, Funny)

hrieke (126185) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802986)

Why not (since it's windows programming), create an IE object and have it return the results, this it would appear to Google to be nothing more than just normal traffic?

Good Idea (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802780)

Let's post a story on slashdot so that we can help. :-P

Time for a new error (5, Funny)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802781)

503? screw that... why not have a new error number designated specifically for MS infected systems... error 999: The operating system you are using is insecure and has been exploited... you are partially responsible for bringing this server to its knees... Now go in the corner and think about what you've done.

Re:Time for a new error (0)

john_sheu (755802) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802952)

No, it should be 666.

Curiously MSN is unaffected (0, Flamebait)

nsingapu (658028) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802782)

1: Write crap software
2: Allow said software to DDOS all MSN competition
3: $$$

Smart (1, Insightful)

TheLinuxSRC (683475) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802785)

Get google hammered with a big ol DOS, then post it to Slashdot where they are sure to get hammered some more!!

Google is that big (2, Interesting)

frankthechicken (607647) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802786)

The fact that Google went down appears to have affected the BBC, given that it was given headline news on the radio. Proof that Google has become a world wide institution(or maybe just where the BBC does some of it's "research" :) )

Re:Google is that big (1)

isorox (205688) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802839)

Indeed, it's pathetic when News24 beats slashdot to the punch.

What locations? (4, Informative)

ErichTheWebGuy (745925) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802787)

is returning 503 errors on all queries submitted from certain locations

Is that geographic locations, IP blocks, or what? I can use Google just fine at the moment, but have heard of trouble in California (I am in Colorado). TFA gives no details. Anyone have answers?

Re:What locations? (1)

gambitt (691368) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802832)

I was having problems accessing google through my ISP (ntl.com) but when I vpn'd to my uni (shef.ac.uk) everything worked fine.

Re:What locations? (2, Informative)

LearnToSpell (694184) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802866)

I can search from home (SSH), but not from work (~15 miles away), in NY.

Re:What locations? (1)

eddy (18759) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802899)

I've heard multiple reports of 5xx from users in the UK

Re:What locations? (1)

jhiza (764624) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802969)

i'm in CO, and it's down from work, but not from home (~1 mile away)

hmmmmm

I don't know how to cope! (1)

Zaphod B (94313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802788)

D'OH! I went to go search for the cause on Google News [google.com] .

My world is crumbling...

Queries blocked (3, Informative)

GoRK (10018) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802789)

The query that google seems to block in order to work around this problem is a query for "mailer-daemon@domain.com" where "domain.com" is pretty much anything.

Search sites ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802793)

Anyone knows any good search site to use ?
Google/Altavista not working here ...

What are they trying to accomplish I wonder? (1)

tekiegreg (674773) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802808)

I would think they're planning on spreading a virus payload around by searching Google/Yahoo out, however Virus writers apparently don't think ahead very well. After the search engines implode from a Massive Ddos attack, A) The bots will essentially be dead when they can no longer search for emails and B) With Google and Yahoo dead,the entire Internet will let slip the dogs of war, if I were this virus writer I'd be deeeeeeep underground right about now (preferably six feet under). Maybe the Ddos attack was their aim? uggggh....

HOLY FUCKING SHIT! (1)

Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802813)

Google did a search that took longer than 1 second! Good-bye cruel world!

*jumps out window*

Re:HOLY FUCKING SHIT! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802910)

oh no! go die.

Re:HOLY FUCKING SHIT! (2, Funny)

hamlet2600 (739627) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802937)

How dare this amazingly useful -- cant live without -- service i pay nothing for go down?!?!

No Problem... (5, Funny)

Pirogoeth (662083) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802816)

...just use Google's alternate search form [fury.com] ...

Listserves... (1)

redragon (161901) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802827)

The wxWidget list serve has been hard hit, and I suspect the same is true for other listserves that also post to newsgroups or other generally accessible format (and don't diguise the email addresses).

Pretty nasty though so far, just a lot of garbage in the in-box. I suspect that anyone with an email address up on a web-site that recieves a reasonable amount of traffic (so probably ranked reasonably well by google) will also see some mail from this approach.

My one permitted tin-foil hat question for today. (3, Insightful)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802828)

OK, so if Microsoft comes out with an antivirus product, what incentive do they have to immunize Windows-based computers against worms that attack their competitors? (i.e. Google vs MSN Search).

So, MyDoom can bring down Google... (1)

GerbilSoft (761537) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802830)

...but posting a Google story on Slashdot can't? What is this world coming to?

My Doom? Oh My (3, Funny)

Yo Grark (465041) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802835)

All Hail My Doom.

For doing the very thing we always failed at doing.

OH MY GOD, YOU SLASHDOTTED GOOGLE, YOU BASTARDS!

Yo Grark

Re:My Doom? Oh My (3, Insightful)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802907)

It's difficult to imagine that there are more instances of MyDoom querying google than actual people. That would indicate that this thing is riddled an absurdly enormous number of windows machines.

Nick

Google is doing fine for regular searches... (5, Informative)

stienman (51024) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802842)

Perhaps I'm simply 'located' better, but I can do regular google searches [google.com] just fine.

But when I ask for "email slashdot.org" it returns a forbidden search page. [google.com]

So it looks like Google is primarily stopping searches that are typical of this virus, but they may also have automated filtering that stops searches which are too many from IPs and netblocks. This part is probably something they implemented long ago.

But google is going slower for me today, and sometimes it stalls (some of the frontend machines dropping out a bit more frequently than usual?)

-Adam

not for me (1)

jonhuang (598538) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802898)

I've been unable to access any of the google search services since before 9:30 AM this morning. (austin TX)

Re:Google is doing fine for regular searches...No! (3, Informative)

Warpedcow (180300) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802988)

I can't do any searches, and I tried both of the ones you referred to, and they both give this error message. [gac.edu]

Relating back to an earlier Google story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802853)

How will this affect Google's IPO?

Browser Specific (5, Interesting)

nsingapu (658028) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802879)

Webmasterworld has an interesting thread [webmasterworld.com] which details the problems are user agent and locality specific (for me in SoCal IE and Firefox are borked, Konqueror is working, but others report no problem with Mozilla or no problems in certain locals).

Down in the Atlanta Area (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802883)

Atlanta seems to be down as I'm getting that message and within the atlanta area. Anywhere in the US not having problems? Anywhere else having problems?

Apparently (1)

ErichTheWebGuy (745925) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802890)

Apparently it only throws an error when trying to search for an e-mail address (it also looks like they are using at least some degree of intelligence to determine if you are or not)

The following queries generate the error:
email example.com
email@example.com

HOWEVER, the following does *not* generate an error:
name@example.com

My guess is that they are filtering queries based upon what the virus searches for. Good for them!

Re:Apparently (1)

Ranger Rick (197) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802924)

not true, I'm getting it when I search for "kinesis ergo keyboard"

Re:Apparently (1)

ErichTheWebGuy (745925) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802943)

Drag. I can use Google just fine, save for the strings I mention in the OP.

Not Geographic Locations (1)

Marc_Hawke (130338) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802892)

I'm in Northern Utah.

From work, I was getting the Google errors. (I tried refreshing to get on a different machine, but no luck.)

I could VNC (2 blocks away) to home and search just fine though.

Funny thing is, I got the same type error on Yahoo.com. MSN.com didn't seem to be affected.

Off with their hands (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802893)

Virus writers, when caught, should have their hands cut off -- or at least a mouse finger. The world just doesn't need this kind of crap going on.

The HTML of the error, for the history books ;) (1)

Dave21212 (256924) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802908)

<BR>
Here's he HTML of the error page, for the history books ;) It's such a rare thing and many folks may have never seen it and never will...

<html><head><title>503 Server Error</title><style><!--body {font-family: arial,sans-serif}div.nav {margin-top: 1ex}div.nav A {font-size: 10pt; font-family: arial,sans-serif}span.nav {font-size: 10pt; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-weight: bold}div.nav A,span.big {font-size: 12pt; color: #0000cc}div.nav A {font-size: 10pt; color: black}A.l:link {color: #6f6f6f}A.u:link {color: green}//--></style></head><body text=#000000 bgcolor=#ffffff><table border=0 cellpadding=2 cellspacing=0 width=100%><tr><td rowspan=3 width=1% nowrap><b><font face=times color=#0039b6 size=10>G</font><font face=times color=#c41200 size=10>o</font><font face=times color=#f3c518 size=10>o</font><font face=times color=#0039b6 size=10>g</font><font face=times color=#30a72f size=10>l</font><font face=times color=#c41200 size=10>e</font>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><td>&nbsp;</td></t r><tr><td bgcolor=#3366cc><font face=arial,sans-serif color=#ffffff><b>Error</b></td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp; </td></tr></table><blockquote><H1>Serv er Error</H1>The service you requested is not available at this time.<p>Service error -27.<p></blockquote><table width=100% cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0><tr><td bgcolor=#3366cc><img alt="" width=1 height=4></td></tr></table></body></html>

Re:The HTML of the error, for the history books ;) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802982)

You're a loser.

Good! (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802917)

This has the effect of punishing people who keep insecure systems by stopping them from using google. Maybe now, some of these people will pay attention.
You are never too poor to pay attention. -- Dan Rather, 1984, Boston University Commencement.

A good day to be obscure (1)

Uninvited Guest (237316) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802930)

What a great day for the first- and second-runner up search engines. At least for today, I'm running all of my queries through AllTheWeb.com. I guess being less popular proves strangely helpful at a time like this.

well. com(mercial) is bad anyways (4, Informative)

Keruo (771880) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802932)

use mirrors instead:

http://www.google.co.jp/ [google.co.jp]
http://www.google.fr/ [google.fr]
http://www.google.se/ [google.se]
http://www.google.fi/ [google.fi]
http://www.google.ca/ [google.ca]

all above seem to be responsive atleast to me

Re:well. com(mercial) is bad anyways (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802984)

Only the japanese link works for me, from the UK

Re:well. com(mercial) is bad anyways (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802994)

Being in Canada, I use google.ca and it is affected in the same way. I can get to the search page but I get the same error when I submit.

The weirdes thing for me is that I get the error, the girl in the cubicle to the right of me gets the error, but the guy in the cubicle to the left of me does not get the error! We're on the same IP block behind the same firewall...

I'm so lost and alone without it.
*curls into shivering ball under desk*

I'm useless now (1)

llamashoes (461382) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802936)

..And anyone else feel like they just don't quite trust other search engines after using Google for so long?

Google Workaround (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802948)

If Google is failing for you, you can work around the issue by using:

http://labs.google.com/personalized

Just don't bother with the personalization settings and you can get regular google searching from that URL and it still works. It's the labs site of course, their beta-test area for new ideas, and it seems to not be affected.

Strange WHOIS result though (1)

klagermkii (791101) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802967)

What I thought was a bit odd was that (as a poster on another thread mentioned) the WHOIS entry for google.com is strange:

Server Name: GOOGLE.COM.SUCKS.FIND.CRACKZ.WITH.SEARCH.GULLI.COM

That doesn't seem just like MyDoom.

In the latest news... (1)

Bull999999 (652264) | more than 10 years ago | (#9802975)

The worker productivity in the U.S. jumps as workers unable to search for things in Google start to do actual work. Tune in at six for the rest of the story.

On the other news, both BSD and Apple died earlier this morning when cars driven by each collided each other on the freeway.

I propose these worms be classified as DOGs (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802981)

For Denial of Google.

OK (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9802989)

It's time to sell all my Goolge stock!
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