Usually omnipresent software mogul Microsoft all but vanished last week when its most prized Web sites disappeared from view. Microsoft.com, MSN.com, WindowsMedia.com, Encarta.com, Carpoint.com and Expedia.com vanished without trace, only occasionally flickering into life, and Microsoft could only scratch its head.
After reluctantly admitting that its own technicians caused the outage and bringing its sites back to life, however, a stressed-out Microsoft saw its sites disappear under a denial of service (DoS) attack. ZDNet brings you a roundup of what turned into the week from hell for the world's biggest software firm.
Web attackers knock out Microsoft sites
Fri, 26 Jan Denial of service attack hits Microsoft Hotmail users out in the cold again
Thu, 25 Jan Microsoft's major online outage knocked some Hotmail users off the air. The good part: They've seen this all before Microsoft blames own technicians for outages
Thu, 25 Jan Techies take the rap for site blackouts Microsoft's Web sites go down
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