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Sweden’s Internet Goes Black

October 14, 2009 6:05 AM | News

By Tyler Sutherland

ComputerInternet users in Sweden had an unexpected ordeal when the entire Internet went down for about an hour late Monday night.

Sweden’s .se domain infrastructure crashed at approximately 21:45 local time when routine maintenance didn’t go as planned. To put things into perspective, .se is the Sweden equivalent to Canada’s .ca domain names, which most Canadian-based websites use.

For those of you familiar with domain names, Internet users in Sweden received the dreaded DNS error message while trying to access the country’s most popular websites.

The downtime was contributed to a scripting error in a single line of code. The damage done to retailers and other online businesses is said to be minimal, but it did have an impact.

via CNN.com