(The Hosting News) – An issue between internet DNS resolution service and search giant Google temporarily resulted in the downtime of various websites on Wednesday, according to a report from The Register.
The matter apparently occurred when OpenDNS halted Google script site googleapis.com from working through OpenDNS. The result was that websites relying on jQuery through Google were wrongly tagged as being internet phishers, thus leading to a block in access.
According to a post on web blog Geeky Scribbles, the number of sites affected accounted for “hundreds of thousands.”
“Phishing site blocked. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to get you to provide personal information under false pretenses,” was the message some users received when trying to access the effected domains. Another message signifying the downtime included a 404 error.
Sites later returned to service. However, the downtime persisted for three hours for Mat Bennett of web design company Brit-Net, who talked with The Register. Bennett was also author of the post listed on Geeky Scribbles.
Some sites dealing with the problem looked to change CDNs (Content Delivery Networks).
So why did OpenDNS block access to Google’s APIs Console? According to GeekyScribbles.com, where Brit-Net’s Matt Bennett further discussed the matter, the issue may have centered on SSL certificates.
Meanwhile, The Register suggested a change in the SSLs on the part of Google could have resulted in the blocking of googleapis.com.
OpenDNS has proven to be a popular resolution platform, providing DNS with features such as phishing protection and spelling corrections for Internet searches. To view a report on the matter from The Register, go here (theregister.co.uk.).