So far there are very few details on the nature of the problem over at Eircom, but it is certainly clear that many Eircom subscribers are being redirected to bogus websites and rumours abound that Eircom’s DNS has been compromised.
Typing the address for Facebook will get you this young lady
If you’re a Twitter user, you’ll possibly meet this more, um, open young lady…
Or if you just want to check out Ireland’s largest broadcast network, you may meet her again.
The problem is resolved if Eircom customers configure their PCs or routers to use an alternative DNS service.
I would recommend using the DNS service provided by OpenDNS, instructions here, not only will you get to see the sites you are actually hoping for, but they do their bit to help keep you safe from malware too, not to mention it is also free.
In a statement posted today (07/07) Eircom stated
“Customers may have recently experienced delays in web browsing and may have been unable to access the Internet. In some cases, customers may have been redirected to incorrect websites.
This issue has been caused by an unusual and irregular volume of internet traffic being directed onto our network, and this impacted the systems and servers that provide access to the Internet for our customers.
eircom is working continuously to minimise the impact for customers and has taken a number of steps, including software updates and hardware interventions, to fully restore internet service.“