"Here at DNS History we have been crawling DNS records since 2009, our database currently contains over 500 million domains and over 2 billion DNS records."
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It was scheduled to close on July 10th, 2016, due to "funding issues".
According to a Twitter entry dated 2016-06-26:
- "dnshistory.org will be closing down in a couple of weeks - it has been a fun project over the years thanks folks."
Also, on the main page, on the right:
- "This site will shut down on the 10th July 2016 due to funding issues."
On the main page, appeared on August 23:
- "DNS History has now shutdown, any updates are for my personal requirements only - the site may go up/down as I need the resources it uses. The number of servers dedicated to the DNS History project is now ZERO. Due to the ArchiveTeams self-righteous attitude CloudFlares DDoS protection has been enabled. They are quite open about their attitude of ignoring robots.txt files and work around blocks on their user agent - this as abuse."
Out of the 1365 TLDs,
- 1114 do have pages
- 1110 are here
- .info: 251346 pages
- .org: 288405 pages
- .net: 422569 pages
- .com: unknown (expected to be millions of pages)
- 251 don't have a single domain: they
After ArchiveTeam started the project (2016-07-04), dnshistory.org staff shortly activated CloudFlare in order to block our access to the site.
user:bzc6p contacted them asking for cooperation, but they replied that "there is no way you can archive the >billion pages on the site and trying to do so is causing issues for other users on the site."
Later CloudFlare seemed to have been deactivated, but the site was broken for a month, giving 500 errors. However, as of 2016-08-17, the site is up, with various queries, including search, still functioning, with the closure notice still up.
On 2016-08-20, ArchiveTeam restarted its efforts. On 08-21, although the site seemed to deal with the load, and the site has officially been closed for 42 days, they started to ban our crawlers. On 08-22, they deployed their impenetrable Cloudflare browser checker again.
On August 23, a final shutdown notice appeared (see above).
On October 21, user:Medowar found a way of bypassing cloudflare and started archiving very slowly.
On October 31, the site got fully deleted, erasing any chance on resuming archiving.
ArchiveTeam was hardly able to save anything.