Yesterday, Microsoft convinced a judge to let it take over No-IP's DNS service, shutting down name service for many websites, in order to stop a malware attack. Today, the company fake-pologized.
Microsoft's PR mailout says that "some customers" experienced "temporary" loss of service but that everything was fine now; shortly after, the company's PR emailed journalists again to say that things were still massively screwed up. It blamed the whole mess on a "technical error," but when you look at what the judge believed about No-IP when the order came down, it's clear that the "technical error" was a gross overstatement of both No-IP's involvement in Microsoft's woes, and the best way to sort them out.
Microsoft Insists That No-IP 'Outage' Was Due To A 'Technical Error' Rather Than Gross Abuse Of Legal Process [Mike Masnick/Techdirt]
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