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No CSS on the BBC as OpenDNS thinks they have a botnet!

… but as they are secondary requests there is no obvious alert.

Last night the it looked lije all the CSS had disappeared on the BBC in my security laden default Firefox browser. Usually it would be some new change that I would need to white-list, but I couldn’tsee anything. Maybe the BBC are having a wobble? I leave it until this morning, but it did not recover so further digging was required. No CSS on any BBC site, for any user, in any browser – a network level issue then. Having a look in the web console all the CSS from static.bbci.co.uk was 404’ing. Is that site up? Ah-ha, it is only then we get a nice big splash screen telling me that OpenDNS has blocked that site for hosting malware or a botnet. My OpenDNS dashboard informs the following two doamins have been blocked as hosting botnets:

  • ichef.bbci.co.uk
  • static.bbci.co.uk

A quick look doesn’t reveal any reports or discussion on the net.

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