Well, okay, Google isn’t down, but it’s having major problems right now with many queries returning internal server error messages. It’s reckoned that this latest MyDoom variant is causing a distributed denial of service attack that is affecting Google as well as other search engines like Yahoo, Lycos and Altavista. It’s using the search engine to find email addresses for domains that it finds on infected users’ hard drives – so let’s say someone had a document referring to neilturner.me.uk on their HD, it would search Google to find an email address on that domain. Unfortunately it looks like a lot of people have been infected and this is affecting Google’s performance.
Naturally this is on Slashdot and in the comments there are some excellent quotes:
I found it hard to remember the names of other search engines that I could use though.
Other….search engines? Do explain such a foreign concept as this.
Just do a search for related:www.google.com, and Google will tell you. Oh, wait…
I misspelled yahoo 3 times before I got it right.
All Hail My Doom.
For doing the very thing we always failed at doing.
OH MY GOD, YOU SLASHDOTTED GOOGLE, YOU BASTARDS!
And all this when Google announces the price range for its shares as part of its IPO… poor, poor Google.