If you can read this, you’re one of the lucky few.
Ah, the day the internet died. At least, that’s what it felt like today, waking up to a widespread outage of popular sites and services.
While the initial cause wasn’t known, internet service provider Cloudflare posted that a misconfigured part of its network was likely the cause.
Maybe we shouldn’t rely on Cloudflare to protect most of the internet
Cloudflare is a major security provider for the modern web, with over 16 million websites using its services. It also provides Content Delivery Network (CDN) services and other functions of cloud computing. It’s great when it works, some of the web’s biggest DDoS attacks have been mitigated by Cloudflare’s tech.
The thing is, with how many websites or internet providers use Cloudflare, even minor issues get amplified.
- The issue was a “possible route leak impacting some Cloudflare IP ranges,” including some that provide Cloudflare’s own services
- Major websites like Reddit, Amazon and even Google were having issues this morning
- Even some internet providers like Spectrum had issues, as well as cloud-managed networking hardware like Plume
- The outage lasted two hours
Even though the worst of the effects are over, there still might be some glitches as you use the internet today. Discord, a popular chat service for gamers, is still having issues currently, as is Slack and its integrations. It’s always Mondays…