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Software outage takes sites offline

Denial-of-service attacks affect customers of Web name registrar and hosting company. Outage, though intermittent, has lasted several hours.

A distributed denial-of-service attack turned dark at least several thousand Web sites hosted by Wednesday morning. The outage was intermittent over several hours, according to Nick Fuller, communications manager.

Neither e-mail nor DNS services were interrupted, Fuller said.

While one tech support person told me during the DDoS attack that at least several thousand Web sites were unreachable, Fuller said only a very small percentage of sites were unreachable but would not provide exact numbers "because of security reasons."

To add to the consternation of Web site owners,'s voice mail system pointed to its support page for more information about the outage and when it would be corrected. No such information was posted there. was hit in November 2005 with a similar denial-of-service attack that affected 600,000 of its customers' hosted Web sites for roughly an hour.