Have you tried visiting the website of your favorite major law firm today and encountered something like this? Here’s a screenshot for Davis Polk (but you’ll see something similar for Cravath, Jones Day, White & Case, and many other top firms that tipsters emailed us about today):

Let’s find out why this is occurring….

Here’s a report from The BLT (via the WSJ Law Blog):

The websites are hosted by One North Interactive LLC, which provides technology services to law firms. The Chicago-based company said in a message to Akin that “a hosting incident” happened at 7:35 a.m. Eastern.

“This incident was caused by an issue with a critical DNS record. The issue with the DNS record has been resolved,” One North Interactive said. “However, changes to DNS take time to propagate through the full DNS tree. We will continue to monitor the issue and provide updates as we have them.”

Benjamin Harris, an Akin [Gump] spokesman, said his firm’s website wasn’t attacked by hackers, noting that the back end of the website is functioning correctly.

Okay, so not Biglaw-hating hackers. Glad that’s been straightened out. Keep calm and carry on.

Top Law Firm Websites Down for Several Hours; Cause Attributed to ‘Hosting Incident’
[The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times]
Dozens of Law Firm Websites on the Blink! [WSJ Law Blog]


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