Microsoft spokesperson blames ICANN

Sean Donelan writes:

Microsoft appears to be blaming ICANN for the failure with Microft's
domain name servers (all located at the same place at Microsoft).

  Microsoft has yet to pin down the cause of the DNS error. "It can
  be a system or human error, but somebody could also have done this
  intentionally," De Jonge said. "We don't manage the DNS ourselves,
  it is a system controlled by the Internet Corporation for Assigned
  Names and Numbers (ICANN) with worldwide replicas."

I have read that article many, many time today, trying to see how you
came to that conclusion and I don't get it. To reach that conclusion,
you've clearly quoted them out of the context of the larger article.
Even to reach that conclusion from the small part you quoted requires a
logical leap that is inappropriate, if not outright incorrect.

I personally worked on that case for nearly eight hours today, right up
until the resolution. I can tell you it was a learning experience for
everyone involved. There were clearly some mistakes made, but it is
also the case that there were a _lot_ of different things going on that
contributed to the problem or complicated its resolution.

However, jumping to such a conclusion is out of line, especially with
the clout and respect you have on this mailing list. It has inflamed
the responses of dozens of list members who want nothing more than to
smack back at Microsoft, regardless of the truth in their statements.

Microsoft did *not* blame ICANN in that article. I wouldn't put it past
a spokesperson, Microsoft or otherwise, to make that mistake, but that
clearly wasn't the case here. Let's not complicate the issue by making
the same mistakes in our own comments.



Microsoft Reveals the source of the problems (pasted here in case this
message dissapears later on.:

Microsoft Explains Site Access Issues

On Tuesday evening and Wednesday, many Microsoft customers had difficulty
accessing the company's Web sites. The cause has been determined, and the
issue is resolved.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (PST), a Microsoft technician made a configuration
change to the routers on the edge of Microsoft's Domain Name Server network.
The DNS servers are used to connect domain names with numeric IP addresses
(e.g. of the various servers and networks that make up
Microsoft's Web presence.

The mistaken configuration change limited communication between DNS servers
on the Internet and Microsoft's DNS servers. This limited communication
caused many of Microsoft's sites to be unreachable (although they were
actually still operational) to a large number of customers throughout last
night and today.

This was an operational error, and not the result of any issue with
Microsoft or third-party products nor the security of our networks.
Microsoft regrets any inconvenience caused to customers due to this issue.

At approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday (PST), Microsoft removed the changes to
the router configuration and immediately saw a massive improvement in the
DNS network.

All sites are currently available to customers. Again, Microsoft apologizes
for the inconvenience.