[AfrICANN-discuss] Millions of German domain names off the grid for more than an hour

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Wed May 12 17:24:38 SAST 2010

Millions of German domain names off the grid for more than an
May 12. 2010

Reports of a major resolution failure on the .DE zone are coming out of
Germany. It appears that for about 1.5 hours around lunchtime (in Europe)
today, there was a problem with the nameservers used to support the .DE

As a consequence, many .DE domains became unavailable causing disruptions to
websites, email and other domain-related services. The German registry Denic
apparently stepped in very quickly to correct the problem (which they may
have caused by mistakenly reloading the zonefile with erroneous data), and
the .DE zone now seems to be running normally again.

A statement on the problem has yet to be issued by Denic, but there are
bound to be consequences. Denic runs the largest ccTLD in the world and this
technical problem probably sets a new record for massive domain name
disruptions. It is extremely rare, unheard of in fact, for such widespread
disruption to occur at registry level on a major TLD.
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