Network Solutions reports more DNS problems

The issue comes two weeks after a successful DNS hijacking attack

Network Solutions said Tuesday it was trying to restore services after another DNS (Domain Name System) problem.

The latest issue comes two weeks after a pro-Palestinian hacking group redirected websites belonging to several companies whose records were held by Network Solutions, owned by the company Web.com.

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Efforts to reach a company spokesperson were not immediately successful.

"We apologize for the issues our customers have experienced as a result of an incident on the Network Solutions DNS," the company wrote on Facebook. "We're in the process of restoring services, and we appreciate your patience as we work toward resolution."

The DNS is a distributed address book for websites, translating domain names such as idg.com into an IP address that can be called into a Web browser. In the past few months, hackers have targeted companies that register domain names and their partners.

A successful DNS hijacking attack can cause thousands of Web surfers to a high-profile website to be redirected to another site even though they've typed in or browsed to the correct domain name.

Avira, a security company affected by the attacks two weeks ago, said hackers gained access to its Network Solutions account via a fake password-reset request. Claiming responsibility was a group calling itself the "Kdms Team," which also attacked the hosting provider LeaseWeb about two days before.

In a separate problem, Network Solutions said Monday some customers could not send email after it was blacklisted by a security company, Trend Micro, and other anti-spam services.

In July, Network Solutions fought off a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) that knocked websites offline and problems with MySQL databases.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk.

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