Latest in Bing

Image credit:

Bing and Yahoo went down but hackers weren't to blame

Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Notice that Bing and Yahoo searches were down earlier today? Or maybe Siri and Cortana? No, it wasn't the result of a hack -- it was something less nefarious according to Reuters' sources. Apparently Microsoft issued a bad code update and then couldn't hit CRTL+Z fast enough once it went live. This caused a bit of a domino effect, it'd seem: Because Redmond's roll-back didn't work, it had to turn off groups of linked servers to get back to the point where things were working as they did pre-crash. Since Bing powers Yahoo searches, that caused things on Yahoo's end to go on the fritz because of the backlog of search requests that populated when the problem was resolved, Reuters notes.

TechCrunch reports that the outage took Live.com -- the Hotmail redirect -- down briefly, as well. Each respective outfit confirmed the outages and, as of now, both are back up and running. Phew, Friday night's saved for the non-Google users out there.

[Image credit: Shutterstock]

Engadget’s parent company, Verizon, now owns Yahoo. Engadget remains editorially independent.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Put Bernie Sanders almost anywhere with this Google Street View app

Put Bernie Sanders almost anywhere with this Google Street View app

View
Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games

Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games

View
Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad drops to $199 at Amazon

Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad drops to $199 at Amazon

View
Facebook inexplicably logs out iPhone users

Facebook inexplicably logs out iPhone users

View
Home security technician admits hacking customers' security cameras

Home security technician admits hacking customers' security cameras

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr