What could be a hacker attack on an Internet DNS server - or a server misconfiguration - is causing problems for people trying to connect to mbta.com. Starting last night, some users have reported being unable to connect to the site or being connected to a "domain for sale" page, although other users report no problems.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo confirmed this morning the problem is related to problems at a DNS server used by the MBTA. DNS servers act like directories for Internet-connected computers, translating human-like names, such as mbta.com, into the numerical addresses associated with specific Web servers.
Tech Crunch reports LinkedIn and some Fidelity servers have also been affected by the issue.
Confluence Networks, an Indian service provider to whose servers some Web sites were redirected, says:
Note that it has already been verified that this issue was caused due to a human error and there was NO security related issue caused by the same.