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Dozens of Law Firm Websites Go Down Simultaneously

10/05/12

Dozens of Law Firm Websites Go Down Simultaneously


Thursday morning saw dozens of law firm websites go down for hours. Sites went down at 6:30 AM CDT and began coming back up at 8:30 AM CDT. Some of the affected websites included Baker & McKenzie

LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and Covington & Burling LLP.

Dozens of Law Firm Websites Go Down Simultaneously

Rumors of these sites being hacked and a breach of security started making the rounds almost immediately. In response to these rumors, Benjamin Harris, the spokesperson for Akin, confirmed that the law firm website was not hacked and that its backend was functioning as it should.

So, if not hackers, what happened? All these websites have one thing in common; all of them are hosted by the company One North Interactive LLC. This Chicago-based company explained that the outage was an incident caused by a technical glitch with a critical DNS record.

The company assured everyone that the issue was solved shortly after the incident took place. However, as DNS changes take time to propagate through the full DNS tree, some of the affected sites faced a downtime of almost two hours or more. One North Interactive will continue to monitor the issue and ensure that the sites function normally.

Jen Bullett, the spokesperson from One North interactive, wrote an email saying, "The incident was the result of an oversight in renewing a critical domain name." She added, "We acknowledge that this outage puts our clients in a very challenging spot and are working collectively as we speak to address all issues."

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