Feeds

Microsoft confirms Web site blackout

Reg readers diagnose fault

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Updated Microsoft has confirmed that its corporate Web sites have become unavailable due to an as yet unidentified technical problem.

Since the early hours of this morning www.microsoft.com, msn.com, hotmail.com and msnbc.com have all been unavailable. A company spokeswoman said the company was working hard to resolve the issue and that, as yet, there was no time available when a fix will be in place.

Over the weekend problem with DNS servers made Microsoft's site unavailable for some users, but the current 'outage' has not been linked to this by the software giant.

Register readers have contacted us to suggest that the software giant's domain name servers are out of commission. Its four domain name servers are all running, but none are able to locate where www.microsoft.com is.

Another reader pointed that, according to the whois database, both microsoft.com and msn.net rely on the name servers at xxx.msft.net

He said that Microsoft has all it's nameservers in one subnet, and now that subnet is either down or unreachable.

The webserver itself is NOT down, it's still accessible either here or here ®

Related Story

DNS trouble made Microsoft, Yahoo! unavailable

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.