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OpenDNS blocked Google's content delivery network

Falsely fingered over phishing
Thu Jan 05 2012, 13:37

SUSPICIONS about a phishing scam lead to OpenDNS blocking Google's Content Delivery Network for a while yesterday.

Reports about problems with the network and being unable to access it began on 4 January but seem to have been resolved now.

SEO experts and web hosts quickly commented on the problems though, and between complaining that hundreds of thousands of web sites were affected, scurried around for a fix. The easiest solutions were to change either a web site's content delivery network or its DNS provider.

While the problem lasted visitors attempting to access blocked web sites were treated to the message, "Phishing site blocked. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to get you to provide personal information under false pretenses."

According to a post on the meta.stackoverflow web site where much of the discussion started, the problem has been resolved. We have asked OpenDNS for more information and an explanation.

In the meantime, a comment on its own forums shows that OpenDNS has delisted the domain from its servers and is looking to prevent the same thing from happening again.

"I have de-listed the domain on our servers and forwarded this to our Phishtank team to investigate why it was listed and take the appropriate measures to prevent this from happening in the future," said OpenDNS poster Daniel Gifford.

"You may need to clear your cache and flush your resolver. We apologize for any inconvenience." µ


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