Assuming we aren’t talking about your girlfriend, how important is that silly little dot at the end of a sentence? I mean, it’s a period. A “.”, how important can a period be? Well, lets see, with the lack of a single solitary “.” in the right place ……….. 900,000+ internet sites were taken offline or otherwise affected ….. it was really that little dot, or rather lack thereof, that did all that damage. Not some fancy self replicating virus, no no no, it was the power of that singular little dot, it did ALL that, in the span of a a few hours, 900,000 websites were offline, and inaccessible…..along with the email for said sites. The nightmare, all caused by that littlest of guy on the keyboard, the period.
As strange as it sounds, it did happen. On October 13,
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The problem happened during planned maintenance of the .se domain. The .SE registry used an incorrectly configured script to update the .se zone, which introduced an error to every single .se domain name.
We have spoken to a number of industry insiders and what happened is that when updating the data, the script did not add a terminating “.” to the DNS records in the .se zone. That trailing dot is necessary in the settings for DNS to understand that “.se” is the top-level domain. It is a seemingly small detail, but without it, the whole DNS lookup chain broke down.
Guess there really was something to that old saying, "Dot your I's and cross your T's.". Apparently they should have also added "and don't forget to use the period at the end.". The smallest guy on the keyboard has been vindicated, he IS important after all, and he just proved it. LOL.