Another Costly Typing Error at DreamHost

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 at large 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.