What caused the global crash of various web pages?
For just over an hour, hundreds of major web pages worldwide saw a total drop in their services. Since Amazon, Twitch, Spotify even portals like The New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, Le Monde and El País they registered problems in the early hours of this Tuesday.
Fastly, which operates a content distribution network to send data quickly over the internet, reported that it had identified the problem that caused a global outage of its services at 5:44 a.m., Colombian time, about an hour after it disclosed the problem. , and that you were implementing a solution.
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Several of the websites that had been down became available again shortly after Fastly’s statement. Failure shows dependency that have the most popular internet pages of a group of large technology firms to help them distribute content and host users.
Fastly’s technology is one of the few to act as a high-end application and website hosting service that large companies use to deliver content to millions of users simultaneously.
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Instead of hosting all the content of a website on a single set of servers in one location, Fastly places cloud infrastructure in dozens of locations to allow people to download from the server closest to them.
What was the problem?
“The problem has been identified and a solution has been implemented. Customers may experience a higher source load as global services return,” Fastly said after the massive failure was known.
The problems on the media websites, social networks and online shopping platforms started around 5 am (Colombian time). Two minutes earlier, at 4:58 GMT, Fastly posted an incident stating “we are currently investigating the possible impact on the performance of our CND services (content distribution networks) “.
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At 5:44 am, the company assured that it had identified the problem and was trying to find a solution. Finally, at 5:57 am the company claimed to have resolved the bug, although it warned that customers may be experiencing slower page loads.
Minutes later, on his Twitter account, Fastly explained: we identified a service configuration that caused disruptions to our POPs (thousands of small and scattered points of presence) globally and we have disabled that setting. Our global network is back online. “
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Consulted sources of the National Institute of Cybersecurity (Incibe) in Spain indicated that it does not appear to be a cyber attack, but a technical failure due to a content distributor crash.
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TECNÓSFERA, Bloomberg and EFE