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When DNS goes bad

This year someone in China misconfigured something which effectively exported China’s main method of implementing blocks (man in the middle DNS spoofing) semi globally over the Global Crossing backbone for the last few weeks.

Effectively, China’s blocking, went global (for certain providers).

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Early Monday morning it was bought to our attention that some clients could not receive mail, and others were having difficultly reaching their subdomains.

Investigation of the issue showed that the affected clients were missing DNS records.

Our DNS services are provided by a 3rd party – ServerBeach.
ServerBeach recently got bought out by a larger company Peer1.

The geniuses at Peer1 have managed to lose all our DNS info for over 400 of our domains during a migration from ServerBeach to Peer1 provided services, and now a substantial number of our clients have missing or incomplete DNS records.

They are aware of the issue, and are working on it.

We received an email notice about this this morning (after 7 or 8 hours of their DNS being offline)

Dear ServerBeach Customer,

At approximately 11:30am CST today we encountered an issue with our DNS services being imported into the new ServerBeach portal. This may be causing an interruption for certain domains that are hosted on the GeoDNS servers.

We are currently working diligently to correct this issue and will provide an update when DNS services are fully functional.

All of us at ServerBeach sincerely regret the inconveniences associated with this incident, and will fully stand behind our Service Level Agreement. We apologize for this disruption and thank you for your continued patronage and understanding.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please open an online ticket athttps://my.serverbeach.com/ or contact our support team at 1-800-741-9939.

Regards,

Brian Daffern
Director of Support

We have raised a number of tickets with ServerBeach / Peer1 regarding this, and hope for a speedy resolution to the matter.

As an interim measure I’ve added forwarding records for domains affected, so that mail received on the webservers that host affected domains know to forward mail to the correct mail server.

ServerBeach is updating a forum post regarding this issue here:
http://forums.serverbeach.com/showthread.php?t=7919
(Note that in the second post they incorrectly say it has been resolved. It has not been resolved yet)

If ServerBeach / Peer1 cannot resolve this by this evening, we may have to look at changing to a different DNS provider.
This is a last resort measure though, as DNS server changes take 1-2 days to propagate throughout the internet.

Apologies for any inconvenience, and we hope you can bear with us while we resolve the situation.

If you have any questions, please address them to our support email: support at computersolutions.cn

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