Glitch blacks out FBI’s Web sites

Thursday, 15 August 2002, 12:26 AM EST

AN FBI SPOKESMAN said earlier Tuesday that the glitch was accidental and was not the result of a malicious attack. “The server is down,” said Paul Moskal. “It’s an internal issue here. That’s the good news, as opposed to some attack or something.”

Early on Tuesday, the FBI’s domain name servers started sending empty replies when visitors tried to reach the site. Some Internet service providers kept a temporary copy of the correct information, meaning that FBI.gov and NIPC.gov were occasionally reachable.

The FBI receives its Internet connectivity through Akamai, a Cambridge, Mass.-based company with about 13,000 servers that store data on behalf of clients.

“This has nothing to do with the services that Akamai provides FBI.gov,” said Jeff Young, a spokesman for Akamai. “We obviously are continuing to support them however we can.”

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