Sometime during Tuesday’s brief global internet outage, Watchman was covering it on his own via Twitter thread. “And so ends the uncomfortable 50-minute period of me being the only person in the newspaper able to publish the content,” according to a technical reporter. Alex Hearn chirp Once the site was back online—at least for him, he noted, as sporadic unrest continued to plague some of the world’s largest online news platforms, as well as UK governmentThe homepage and some Amazon websites and streaming services like Hulu and HBO Max. the edge pivotal to Google Docs to share news with readers (and I briefly forgot to limit document editing capabilities, allowing random people to chime in before editors even realize what was going on). “We’re all on pins and needles right now,” CNN New Day participant John Berman He said to his colleague Brian Stelter, who appeared on the program this morning to address the baffling failure where CNN’s website, along with several other publishers, has disappeared. “Currently, there is no indication that this is a cyber or ransomware attack, but it is one of the most widespread web outages I have ever seen,” said Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent.
Early risers log in to check the latest news from major online outlets including The New York TimesThe financial timesand BBC and Condé Nast owned sites like Reddit and Vanity Fair Unusual error messages were greeted amid the temporary but massive crash, which, so far, does not appear to be rooted in anything malicious. The outage appears to be caused by a problem with Fastly, a content delivery network (or CDN) that many large companies use to speed up load times for websites and boost reliability, among other services, according to The Guardian. Just before 6 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, the cloud computing provider acknowledged a service issue that was causing disruptions, and about an hour later, it stated on its website that “the issue has been identified and a fix has been applied.”
Quickly supported apps like Spotify, Pinterest, and Twitch were among the other sites and apps affected; according to times. Madeline Carr Director of the Research Institute for Social Cyber Security, told times “There needs to be a level of accountability” for companies that provide the infrastructure for websites, since so much depends on it. “In the last generation of cybersecurity, it was about ensuring that websites were protected or had adequate security,” she said, “but when you talk about something like Fastly, meaning it doesn’t matter how secure your website is.”
The massive outage comes on the heels of a ransomware attack that last month caused a multi-day shutdown of America’s largest fuel pipeline, which is why, Berman noted, cybersecurity concerns were among the immediate reactions to Tuesday’s collapse. But even with no apparent manipulation, a glitch at a San Francisco-based tech company that took down massive sites in dozens of countries reflects “the most popular pages on the Internet’s reliance on a few big tech companies to help them distribute content and host users,” Bloomberg reports. As Stelter pointed out, “This is the infrastructure of the Internet, and when the lights flash, it has global effects.”
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