Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wikipedia under DNS attack?

Shortly after announcing support for Google in its clash over censorship with China, Wikipedia English is down, while other languages are working sporadically. This is tantamount to a declaration of war, nerdsylvanians. The Olympics in Peking was fun, but it’s time to open up the silos and show these commies we mean business. Baidu, you’re going down!

UPDATE:Wikipedia is barely working at the moment, but at least you can get access. Bare your teeth a little and they back down .

More UPDATE: from Wikipedia Tech Blog:

Global Outage (cooling failure and DNS)

Posted by mark in wikimedia on March 24th, 2010
Due to an overheating problem in our European data center many of our servers turned off to protect themselves. As this impacted all Wikipedia and other projects access from European users, we were forced to move all user traffic to our Florida cluster, for which we have a standard quick failover procedure in place, that changes our DNS entries.

However, shortly after we did this failover switch, it turned out that this failover mechanism was now broken, causing the DNS resolution of Wikimedia sites to stop working globally. This problem was quickly resolved, but unfortunately it may take up to an hour before access is restored for everyone, due to caching effects.

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused

A likely cover-up tale, trying to not cause a world-wide panic, we know what really went down. We are watching you China. The DNS goes both ways.