- The major website and internet-service hosting platform Cloudflare experienced an outage Tuesday, causing disruptions for sites and services that are hosted on the platform.
- Cloudflare said in a blog post that the outage was caused by a “bad software” deployment. Service returned to normal when the software was rolled back.
- Cloudflare also said the outage was not caused by an attack.
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No, it wasn’t just you – major websites across the internet were down as of Tuesday morning.
That’s because Cloudflare was experiencing issues, according to the website-hosting platform, as well as hundreds of tweets from frustrated social-media users.
Cloudflare is an internet-hosting platform that many internet services rely on to remain functioning and protected in the case of a distributed denial-of-services attack. An outage from Cloudflare affects internet services globally.
In a blog post, Cloudflare announced that service had returned to normal as of around noon ET.
The company said the outage was caused by a “bad software” deployment. The deployment caused a “massive spike in CPU utilization” on Cloudflare’s network. “Once [the software was] rolled back the service returned to normal operation and all domains using Cloudflare returned to normal traffic levels,” the company said.
According to Down Detector and reports on Twitter, websites and services experiencing disruptions around the time of the Cloudflare outage included Discord, Flightradar, Sirius XM, Network Solutions, Shopify, Zendesk, Coinbase, Canva, SoundCloud, Sling TV, Wattpad, TransferWise, Robin Hood, Medium, BuzzFeed, Streamlabs, Concur, Pinterest, and Dropbox. Some of the outages of these sites and services may not be linked to the Cloudflare issue.
The outage cause services and sites to go down, including CoinDesk, which tweeted during the outage:
ALERT: Due to a cloudflare outage, we're getting bad data from our providers, which is showing incorrect crypto prices. Calm down everyone, Bitcoin is not $26.
— CoinDesk (@CoinDesk) July 2, 2019