Cloudflare outage brings World Wide Web to a standstill

Cloudflare, an American company that manages the external facing resources, such as websites, of companies faced a peculiar problem. A number of its affiliate companies went unreachable today. 

We would also like to inform you that all these websites are now back online and the problem behind the outage was sorted. After some time Cloudflare itself came with a very detailed explanation of the cause of the problem. You can read it here

The reason for the outage was a change in the network connections of the areas that witnessed the outage. The issue didn’t happen because of any external factor, but is a part of the company’s long ongoing project to convert all of its busiest locations to a more flexible and resilient architecture. 

The outage affected a number of big companies such as Discord, Omegle, DoorDash, NordVPN, Amazon Web Services and even League of Legends. None of these companies were reachable during the outage. Interestingly, DownDetector, a platform that analyses outages, was not loading as well!


  1. Larry Colt Avatar

    The outage at Cloudflare, which affected a number of major companies, highlights the potential risks of relying on a single service provider. If a problem arises at that provider, it can have a cascading effect and cause widespread disruption. In this case, the issue was caused by a change in the network connections of the affected areas, but it could have been due to a variety of other factors. This highlights the importance of having contingency plans in place and not relying too heavily on a single service provider.

  2. David Blake Avatar
    David Blake

    The biggest internet outrage in the history of internet was the cyberattack took place on October 21, 2016, and involved multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS attacks) targeting systems operated by Domain Name System (DNS) provider Dyn, which caused major internet platforms and services to be unavailable to large swathes of users in Europe and North America.

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