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Have crackers brought the mighty Google to its knees?

2 July 2011

Since yesterday, every time I’ve tried to read my Gmail I get the message “The server at http://www.google.com is taking too long to respond.”

A few days ago people who read Usenet newsgroups via Googlegroups were reporting delays in posting, or even an absence of new posts. Now it seems to extend to Gmail as well.

Facebook and WordPress seem to come up quickly enough, though there also seem to be problem with Twitter. But there the main page comes up pretty quickly. It’s only when I try to log in that I get them message “The connection has timed out. The server at twitter.com is taking too long to respond.”

So have crackers brought even the mighty Google to its knees?

Yesterday the Vodacom cellphone network was having problems, though spokesmen for the company denied that it was connected to their switching off subscribers who had failed to register their SIM cards in terms of RICA.

Perhaps I need to register Gmail in terms of RICA as well?

Though when looking for a link to explain RICA, the Google search engine timed out as well, but Bing came up immediately. Does that mean that Google as a verb is a thing of the past? We’ll no longer google for information, we’ll bing for it instead?

The problem appears to extend to blogs hosted by Google’s Blogspot site as well. I am able to read my Blogspot blogs, Notes from underground and HayesGreene Family History, but I can’t log in to write new posts.

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  1. 2 July 2011 9:11 am

    9:00 am — Google and Twitter are back. I wonder what went wrong, and why the problem, whatever it was, didn’t affect WordPress and Facebook?

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