Is the internet down? Cloudflare has caused massive downfalls of several major websites
A list of popular websites was taken down and on Tuesday Cloudflare began showing a “500 internal server error” due to a problem with its content delivery network (CDN). Web services include Discord, Canva, and NordVPN, among others. Some people failed to understand the scope of the outage in Ookla’s DownDetector, which helps track internet outages around the world. Cloudflare acknowledged the breach and implemented a fix shortly after some users reported the outage on social media.
According to the latest update available on the Cloudflare Status website, at 06:34 UTC (12:04 IST), a “pritic P0 event” was reported that disrupted Cloudflare’s network over large areas. The company said the incident affected all data plan services on the network and resulted in a 500 error on all websites and services using the CDN.
As of 07:20 UTC (12:50 IST), Cloudflare said it had made a correction on its status website and started monitoring results.
In a statement emailed to Gadgets 360 after the patch was released, Cloudflare clarified that the issue was not the result of an external attack. Network changes in some data centers made part of its network unavailable, the company said.
“Due to the nature of the incident, customers may experience difficulties accessing websites and services that rely on Cloudflare between approximately 06:28 and 07:20 UTC. Cloudflare worked on the fix within minutes and the network is now working normally,” Cloudflare said in a statement.
“Given the scale of Cloudflare and the percentage of the internet that depends on the network, it’s critical that we be open and transparent about what happened and why when we encounter issues. and what we are doing to prevent this from happening again.”
The company also said it would publish the post-mortem on its blog on Tuesday.
Several people on social media complained about the outage, which was not only limited to a few websites, but also affected services such as Discord, Canva, and NordVPN. According to information available on DownDetector.in, game servers like Minecraft and Valorant also became unresponsive due to the issue.
Some affected users were unable to access the DownDetector website due to the outage.
Although affected websites and services will take some time to restore for all users, Discord has confirmed on its status website that it is back up and running globally as of 7:20 a.m. PDT (12:50 a.m. IST).
Cloudflare CDN powers many websites and services around the world. A report by web technology survey firm W3Techs shows that Cloudflare is the global CDN market leader, surpassing competitors such as Akamai and Amazon CloudFront. Dominance is the reason for the mass closure.
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