World Wide Internet
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The Internet is slowly spreading throughout the world. It has become a need, just like food or water. However, the internet service during the previous month was quite bad. So, if you were thinking that the whole world was working against you, you weren’t alone.
There have been several internet outages, during the previous month. It affected many users across the world. The services broke down, internet sites wouldn’t open, emails and calendars weren’t available. Even simple browsing wasn’t working. No single mishap tied these events.
It all started on the 2nd of June on a Sunday. A massive Google outage happened, which took out most services on the East coast side of USA. It affected many third-party sites like Discord, Vimeo, Snap, Nest, and even Gmail.
This issue mainly happened due to a faulty configuration change. Initially, this issue was to be limited to a few systems. However, a small bug caused the problem to spread through different Google servers. This affected the services for over three hours.
On June 24, Cloudfare dropped 15% of its traffic due to the network route leak. The Company blamed Verizon for this. However, the inherent mistakes in gateway protocol allowed Verizon to route a complete freeway from the neighborhood street. Cloudflare recently said in a blog post, “All this shouldn’t have happened. Verizon shouldn’t have sent these routes to the rest of the internet.” All the major companies dependent on Cloudflare got blocked, including Linode and Amazon.
On July 2, another outage hit Cloudflare. A bad internal code caused this outage. Cloudflare shared a blog post in which they blamed a rogue “regex” code in the web firewall. It is designed to stop the attacks of JavaScript. However, the regex code was quite bad, which crippled the services of the machine. It also affected all the associated sites. However, the rolling back was quick, and the internet service became normal again.
On July 2, another outage affected Google. However, this time, it was due to the damage to a fiber cable in the east coast region. This disruption lasted for six weeks. However, Google says that it handled the problem by directing traffic to other data centers.
After this, on July 3, popular sites like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all halted for eight hours. Facebook confirmed on Twitter that the outage happened. The images and video services of these social media sites didn’t load.
This outage also affected Twitter, and it admitted in a tweet that it had broken messages. Some people also complained of ghost messages and zero notifications, all the time.
After that, there was a problem with Apple. iCloud got affected on July 4 by a three-hour national outage. It affected many apple services, like Apple ID, App Store, Apple TV, and Apple Pay. Users also couldn’t access photos or emails. Another gateway protocol issue caused this outage.
Therefore, the previous month was quite rough for many people. Cloudflare and Google admitted their mistakes and told what had happened. However, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple didn’t acknowledge the issue.
Internet providers should learn two lessons from these incidents. Firstly, it is a good idea to run new codes directly on production systems. Secondly, internet providers should provide better service of the routing filters.
The past few weeks haven’t seemed good for the cloud. It even shook the confidence of tech giants, like Google and Amazon. However, everyone knows that the cloud has the most resilience for businesses and consumers.
All the mishaps of the previous month weren’t due to a single problem. They were an amalgam of different events. Therefore, we can’t blame anyone. This shows that sometimes, you can be unlucky.
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