Last night nearly half of all websites were online inaccessible and showed error 500. Error 500 mainly occurs when there is a problem with the CDN or the content distribution networks.
As a result, some popular services and websites such as Discord, League of Legends, a number of popular news websites, and some Google services have been disrupted.
Much of the internet is returning an nginx 500 Internal Server Error right now (I’m assuming something is messed up with Cloudflare or similar), but this is definitely my favorite pic.twitter.com/cK5x49ZLiR
— Neil Studd (@neilstudd) June 21, 2022
Yesterday Internet blackout was mainly caused by an outage of Cloudfare’s servers. The online security company quickly spotted the problem, fixed it, and got those services up and running again, but it was a chaotic few minutes.
More Sites Reports
❌ Coin base
❌ Google Services
❌ ARK Survival Evolved
— GhostfromTexas (@GhostfromTexas) June 21, 2022
According to Cloudflare’s incident report, the issue was reported at approximately 6:34 a.m. UTC, the issue was identified a little over 20 minutes later at around 6:57 a.m., and the fix was implemented at around 7:20 a.m
Some major services that were disrupted were Amazon Web Services and Google Services. Anyone familiar with the inner workings of today’s Internet will recognize that nearly 60 to 70 percent of the entire Internet is hosted on Amazon’s servers, and that AWS handles over 75 percent of existing Internet traffic every single day.
Any disruption affecting AWS and its subsidiaries will disrupt a large portion of the internet.
The crypto ecosystem in particular was hit hard. Almost all major crypto wallets and exchanges use Cloudflare services.
Gotta love shutting down 95% of the crypto ecosystem due to a Cloudflare outage
Very decentralized! Great job guys!
— Altcoin Psycho (@AltcoinPsycho) June 21, 2022
Platforms like Coinbase leverage Cloudflare’s network, proxy, and security. As a result, the crypto market crashed even furtherwhere multiple users cannot transact.
Anonymous sources within Cloudflare believe that the reason their servers went down was that they were trying to install an update patch for their server management systems that didn’t go to plan and caused an error.
While Cloudflare was quick to recognize this and took immediate action to fix the issue, it just goes to show how poorly modern internet infrastructure is set up that a company’s server failure somehow causes basically 1/3 of the internet to go down.
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