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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

NameCheap under a DDoS attack

NameCheap is apparently suffering a massive (over 113,000 pps) DDoS attack on their DNS servers. As a result, none of the domains using their DNS are reachable. They are very close to resolving the situation at this point though (and it has been over 10 hours since the domains went down).

Personally I have 15 domains at NameCheap and a number of them are using their DNS servers. First I have 3 of my Blogger blogs, and I use a CNAME alias to point the domains to them. Second, I have several domains registered purely for masking my affiliate links, and using URL redirection. As you can probably guess, I wasn't at all happy with them going down. Luckily, NameCheap provided a fast solution: you can switch to Enom DNS servers which act as a backup. You will have to re-enter all your host records manually, and do each domain separately if you want the changes to be made as soon as possible (since multiple domain modification tool has a pretty large delay). After I did that, I could access the sites and redirects in a mere 5 minutes.

Anyway, I'm pretty unhappy with NameCheap as this is not the first time I'm having problems with them. I think this long downtime will cost them a lot of customers. Hopefully they will prevent this from happening in the future as they promised in their forum.