Cloudflare Service Outage Disrupts Internet; Repair in Place

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The problems affected 12 data centers in the U.S. and Europe, according to Cloudflare.
Cloudflare Inc. suffered an outage on Friday, interrupting some areas of the internet.
Cloudflare provides significant services for the web to operate, such as load balancing, security, domain registration and video streaming. When the provider undergoes technical snafus, that can reverberate across the web.

“This afternoon we watched an outage across several pieces of the community. It was not as a result of an attack,” the firm said in a blog post. “A fix was implemented and we’re monitoring the outcomes.”

The problems affected 12 data centres in the U.S. and Europe, in accordance with Cloudflare. Several online businesses, including digital storefront operator Shopify Inc., reported disruptions.

The outage even impacted Downdetector.com, a service that’s supposed to report problems with sites throughout the web.

“What turned out to be an issue at Cloudflare took down a significant number of websites and internet services,” Downdetector proprietor Ookla said in a blog post. “Downdetector was also briefly influenced by Cloudfare’s outage, during which users in the U.S. and Europe were still unable to achieve the website.”