Another Costly Typing Error at DreamHost

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Thousands of web sites hosted at DreamHost were offline Friday night for more than an hour. Here’s the explanation:

Due to a typing error on our primary router while trying to block a denial of service attack, DreamHost is currently offline. This includes all email, web hosting, etc. A technician is about 15 minutes out from our datacenter to undo this mistake. I apologize for this mistake. I was intending to be editing our non-live access-list, and edited the live one by mistake.

Back on Jan. 15 DreamHost overbilled customers by $7.5 million when the co-founder typed “2008″ instead of 2007 in the company’s billing software.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.