After not blogging for a year, my first post is to say that I updated my list of phones after owning my Nexus 5 for a year.
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I use noip's free dynamic dns service to access my computers at home while I'm out. Yesterday, it stopped working with a domain not found error when I tried to resolve the name. ARG. I'm not sitting at home most of the time so I couldn't fix it right away (aggravation).
Well, I went looking today and found out that Microsoft siezed some of the domains that NOIP was using. Sigh. Now I just have to wait for the problem to be resolved.
Here's a quote from the link above (and NOIP's statement on the issue):
We want to update all our loyal customers about the service outages that many of you are experiencing today. It is not a technical issue. This morning, Microsoft served a federal court order and seized 22 of our most commonly used domains because they claimed that some of the subdomains have been abused by creators of malware. We were very surprised by this. We have a long history of proactively working with other companies when cases of alleged malicious activity have been reported to us. Unfortunately, Microsoft never contacted us or asked us to block any subdomains, even though we have an open line of communication with Microsoft corporate executives.
We have been in contact with Microsoft today. They claim that their intent is to only filter out the known bad hostnames in each seized domain, while continuing to allow the good hostnames to resolve. However, this is not happening. Apparently, the Microsoft infrastructure is not able to handle the billions of queries from our customers. Millions of innocent users are experiencing outages to their services because of Microsoft’s attempt to remediate hostnames associated with a few bad actors.
Had Microsoft contacted us, we could and would have taken immediate action. Microsoft now claims that it just wants to get us to clean up our act, but its draconian actions have affected millions of innocent Internet users.
Vitalwerks and No-IP have a very strict abuse policy. Our abuse team is constantly working to keep the No-IP system domains free of spam and malicious activity. We use sophisticated filters and we scan our network daily for signs of malicious activity. Even with such precautions, our free dynamic DNS service does occasionally fall prey to cyber scammers, spammers, and malware distributors. But this heavy-handed action by Microsoft benefits no one. We will do our best to resolve this problem quickly.
[Update 2014-07-03 07:38:39] At least for me, the service was back online when I woke up this morning
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...is why you should use strong passwords. My guess: the guy got a bunch of emails and passwords from other hacked databases and just tried them. That or he just guessed easily guessable passwords. Pick strong passwords. Never reuse them. Make them long and random. Use a password application to remember them.
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