Google, Speakeasy DNS Users Unable to Use Apple Web Services – Appears to Be A Hacker Attack

Posted by at 7:31 pm on March 12, 2014

Users around the world — particularly those who rely on Google DNS or Speakeasy to provide their DNS connections — are seeing some (but not all) of Apple’s websites blocked. In particular, the attack seems focused on Apple.com and iTunes, with other services such as iMessage and Game Center seemingly unaffected. The attack is still spreading, and remains unclear if Google DNS is the source of the issue or just the first to propagate the bad DNS entries.

In the US, issues are now being seen with Google, Mindspring, Sprint, Verizon, and Speakeasy at the moment, though the list of affected providers changes constantly. The problems apparently began around 6:36PM Eastern, but Apple’s system status page shows all services operating normally, indicating that the issue is only coming from bad DNS entries rather than any problems on Apple’s end.

The connecting issues are described as “intermittent” by users taking to Twitter and other outlets to report outages, and DNS reports show shifting issues with ISPs around the globe as the bad DNS entries propagate.

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