Al Jazeera Akamized

Is this confidence, or waving a red cape in front of the bull?

Fingers crossed that it is back up and running properly in the next few
days," Newsroom coordinator Susie Sirri told BBC News Online. "We don't
anticipate farther hacking as we have put in enough security barriers,"
she added.

dig www.aljazeera.net

; <<>> DiG 8.3 <<>> www.aljazeera.net
;; res options: init recurs defnam dnsrch
;; got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 2
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 4, AUTHORITY: 9, ADDITIONAL: 9
;; QUERY SECTION:
;; www.aljazeera.net, type = A, class = IN

;; ANSWER SECTION:
www.aljazeera.net. 15M IN CNAME aljazeera.net.edgesuite.net.
aljazeera.net.edgesuite.net. 6H IN CNAME a1151.g.akamai.net.
a1151.g.akamai.net. 20S IN A 207.239.159.80
a1151.g.akamai.net. 20S IN A 207.239.159.79

;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
g.akamai.net. 30M IN NS n3g.akamai.net.
g.akamai.net. 45M IN NS n4g.akamai.net.
g.akamai.net. 30M IN NS n6g.akamai.net.
g.akamai.net. 30M IN NS n5g.akamai.net.
g.akamai.net. 30M IN NS n0g.akamai.net.
g.akamai.net. 30M IN NS n7g.akamai.net.
g.akamai.net. 45M IN NS n1g.akamai.net.
g.akamai.net. 1H IN NS n2g.akamai.net.
g.akamai.net. 30M IN NS n8g.akamai.net.

;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:
n3g.akamai.net. 30M IN A 207.239.159.76
n4g.akamai.net. 45M IN A 207.239.159.83
n6g.akamai.net. 30M IN A 63.209.213.117
n5g.akamai.net. 30M IN A 207.239.159.66
n0g.akamai.net. 30M IN A 207.239.159.66
n7g.akamai.net. 45M IN A 207.239.159.68
n1g.akamai.net. 45M IN A 207.239.159.68
n2g.akamai.net. 1H IN A 207.239.159.75
n8g.akamai.net. 30M IN A 207.239.159.76

;; Total query time: 646 msec
;; FROM: clifden to SERVER: default -- 127.0.0.1
;; WHEN: Tue Apr 1 18:29:58 2003
;; MSG SIZE sent: 35 rcvd: 457

I don't know if I'm more surprised Akamai took on Al Jazeera as a
customer, or that Akamai dropped Al Jazeera as a customer. But it
does show the stress the Internet brings to international communications,
that you don't see applied to the postal service or international
telephone or satellite service.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/04/technology/04WEB.html

New York Times April 4 2003
Akamai Cancels a Contract for Arabic Network's Site
By WARREN ST. JOHN

In a move sure to complicate the efforts of Al Jazeera, the Arabic news
network, to get its English-language Web site running, Akamai Technologies
abruptly canceled a contract on Wednesday to provide Web services for the
site.

Employees at Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha, Qatar, said they were
frustrated by the decision, though not entirely surprised. "It has nothing
to do with technical issues," said Joanne Tucker, the managing editor of
the English-language site. "It's nonstop political pressure on these
companies not to deal with us."

Akamai, based in Cambridge, Mass., would not comment on the reason for the
cancellation. But Jeff Young, a company spokesman, issued a statement
confirming that Akamai would no longer do business with Al Jazeera.