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Internet Outages

The Internet has been acting very strange for me today, starting with a brief, but weird Gmail glitch.. later on, WordPress (which hosts this blog) went into “read only mode” and I could not post anything online all afternoon. Then Netflix went totally offline. I suspect there’s some “hacker” shenanigans afoot (aka Denial of Service attacks [DoS]) causing these outages.

Netflix suffers hour-long outage, fans complain via Twitter

CNET (blog) – Greg Sandoval – ‎1 hour ago‎

Netflix managers were investigating the cause of an hour-long outage that has left millions of subscribers without access to their queue or the ability to stream movies. Visitors to Netflix this evening were greeted by a note that notified

Regardless of what the article states, my Netflix is still “unavailable”. A friend on the Right Coast says his services are normal and the Internet is okay.. so maybe it’s a Lefty Coast thing..

Related: A DDoS attack took WordPress offline just a week or so ago..

WordPress Outage Today: Taken Down By DDoS Attack
Product Reviews – Peter Chubb – ‎Mar 3, 2011‎

“A huge percentage of blogs were shocked to learn that there was a WordPress outage today, as it was taken down by a DDoS attack. Although WordPress managed to get things under control, there are fears that it could happen again..”

Ah. The joys of cloud computing..

[update: as of 7:45pm Pacific, both Netflix and WordPress have returned to service.]

March 22, 2011 - Posted by | computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News | , , , , , , , ,


  1. I don’t have NetFlix, but in addition to the Gmail and WP problems, I’ve had to use Win7’s network troubleshooter to solve “gateway unavailable” errors at least twice this month!


    Comment by IzaakMak | March 24, 2011 | Reply

    • IzaakMak,
      Nice to see you name here again. I hope you are doing “groovy”.

      I don’t think your error is related to the service outages, or the Internet in general.. but a thing to try to resolve that issue so it it doesn’t return is to: open an elevated command prompt (Run as Administrator), and type the following – ipconfig /flushdns – then press enter: then reboot.

      The issue can also be caused by the Bonjour service (it’s an Apple networking protocol). You may want to disable or uninstall it. (It sneaks aboard when iTunes or QuickTime [neither of which I will have anything to do with] gets installed.)
      It shows as mdnsresponder.exe in task manager.


      Comment by techpaul | March 24, 2011 | Reply

      • Hey, thanks Paul! I’ll check that out.


        Comment by IzaakMak | March 24, 2011 | Reply

        • IzaakMak,
          You are quite welcome.

          You know.. I never thought I would ever be a “Netflix guy”, as I am most definitely not a TV guy, and I don’t go to movies now that they are so filled with special effects and so lacking in everything else (and expensive). But I tried the free 30 trial so I could see why so many folks are members, and got hooked (if you only use a ‘puter, it is $7.99/month.). I love being able to watch on my schedule, commercial free.
          I am afraid, though, that it won’t be too long before I go through their selection of items that fit my tastes… but I did “discover” Bones and Monk and Psych because of the “recommendations for you” feature.
          I had missed them.


          Comment by techpaul | March 24, 2011 | Reply

          • I love TV, but I hate the cable companies I have to deal with. I’m not-so-patiently waiting to be able to leave the TV part behind me forever. Hopefully, that will be sooner than later!


            Comment by IzaakMak | March 24, 2011 | Reply

            • May your wishes come true, IsaakMak. And, yes – sooner rather than later.


              Comment by techpaul | March 24, 2011 | Reply

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