OT (maybe): Anyone else notice that most of Yahoo has been down for the last couple of hours?

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Is it just me or my provider or has most of Yahoo been down since around noon or so CST?


-- Kris Gandillon (kris@gandillon.com), February 07, 2000


Same here, I have been trying the last few hours also.

-- Bewildered Bertha (rscott@laplaza.com), February 07, 2000.


It's not just you. Yahoo has ben down since at least 10:00 am PST. I don't know what's happening this time but they've had some outages over the last 6 months and I've never seen a reason given by Yahoo.

-- Jim Cooke (JJCooke@yahoo.com), February 07, 2000.

Yahoo has apparently been out for at least a couple of hours. I've been having difficulty accessing Rueters as well.

-- Carl Jenkins (Somewherepress@aol.com), February 07, 2000.

It's 2:45 central time, I can't access Yahoo either.

-- Deborah (infowars@yahoo.com), February 07, 2000.

I tried http://quotes.reuters.com weird stuff there.

Go to Reuters Quotes then try any of the country markets. Check out the results.

-- Powder (Powder47keg@aol.com), February 07, 2000.

Reuters is down....has been for over an hour. I tried toacces from a number of sources and it won't load or only partially loads..Yahoo continues to be down as well. I know Reuters provides news service, but are the yahoo/reuters sites connected in any way?

-- Carl Jenkins (Somewherepress@aol.com), February 07, 2000.

Drudge is reporting Yahoo websites, mail crash.

-- Homer Beanfang (Bats@inbellfry.com), February 07, 2000.

Thanks, Homer. I haven't been able to access my yahoo account since 1 pm EST, and I wondered what was going on.

-- (kb8umw@yahoo.com), February 07, 2000.

It's 1:35pm PST and Yahoo is still down.

-- barb (ba3_4him1@yahoo.com), February 07, 2000.

http://www.ZDNet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2434093,00.html?chkpt=zd hpnews01

Yahoo! site goes down

The world's largest Internet portal suffered a world-class outage Monday morning. No word yet on a fix.

By Margaret Kane, ZDNet News, UPDATED February 7, 2000 1:12 PM PT

Yahoo! Inc., one of the busiest sites on the Internet, experienced an outage on Monday, leaving Web surfers unable to reach the site late Monday morning and into the afternoon.

Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) is the most-visited site on the Internet after America Online Inc., drawing more than 42 million unique visitors a month, according to research firm Media Metrix.

Yahoo spokeswoman Shannon Stubo confirmed the outage, saying the site had been down "intermittently" for about two hours.

She said the company had not yet identified the source of the problem but added that "our engineers are working vigorously" to fix it.

The company said the outage did not appear to be affecting all parts of the site and that the e-mail service offered on the site was still working.

Yahoo delivers an average 465 million page views every day.

Officials at Keynote Systems, a San Mateo, Calif., firm that measures Internet performance and availability, said the Yahoo! site went down between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m., Pacific time.

"We can't tell exactly why they're going down. The problem from the user point of view is a time-out -- the browser just spins and never responds properly," said Dan Todd, director of public services at Keynote.

Todd said the Yahoo! outage was unusual, since the portal site usually perform well in Keynote tests.

"They've been one of the best-performing sites everywhere," he said. "For roughly the last year Yahoo! has been in the top five of performance of these Web sites -- and typically performs at about 97 to 99 percent availability."

Todd said Keynote tests showed that Yahoo!'s problems seemed to be limited to the United States and that performance overseas was only down to about 60 percent availability.

Reuters contributed to this story

-- NOT (sshhhh@no.not), February 07, 2000.

CNBC News Flash 3PM EST

Yahoo confirms web site down.

Muted the the talking head :)

-- Dot (dot@dot.com), February 07, 2000.

Not only were they down, but it looks like they have "restored" from a Friday backup. I posted a couple of messages on the TAX forum over the weekend, and they're gone! The most recent post is from 2/4/2000. Bummer... <:)=

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), February 07, 2000.


Yahoo's President & CEO Jeff Mallett explains how the site went down. By Bob Sullivan, MSNBC

Feb. 7  The popular Internet portal Yahoo! Inc. suffered an outage Monday and remained down for about two hours, crippled by a coordinated attack from several computer intruders. Yahoo president and COO Jeff Mallett told CNBC that attackers overloaded the site by flooding it with automated requests from multiple locations  a classic denial-of-service attack. The Yahoo service was fully restored Monday afternoon.

IN THE MOST COMMON FORM of denial of service, computer criminals flood a Web site with so much traffic that legitimate users cannot get through to the site and instead get the Internets equivalent of a busy signal.

It appears that unfortunately it was a planned attack that looked like it was directed at Yahoo specifically, Mallett said on CNBC. We had an excess amount of automated mock traffic that was generated to one of our server clusters here in California ... where there was such demand in a short period of time that we were unable to serve all the pages that were requested.

Mallett said the company had put additional precautionary services in place to try to prevent a recurrence of the problems.

Earlier Monday a spokeswoman for the company said the site had been down intermittently for two hours from 1:45 p.m. ET, and that the companys engineers were working feverishly on a solution.

Mallett said even at the height of the attack, some Yahoo services such as e-mail were still functioning. He added that no consumer or customer data was lost.

We have a redundant system. Our core services are backed up around the world, he said.

Yahoo is the most popular Internet portal, delivering an average of 465 million page views every day.

-- y (y@y.y), February 07, 2000.

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