Cloudflare is in trouble again, the cloud computing company suffered from a Global outage on Tuesday morning. The second such large-scale outage in a week across the internet involving Cloudflare, a major Web services provider. It brings down thousands of major websites down which depends on Cloudflare’s networks for performance and security. Due to this outage, one of the downed websites was DownDetector. It is a go-to site and millions of people use to see if websites are having performance issues.
DownDetector is a website of online listing service, this service was having issues in real-time and eventually brought down by the outage. Therefore, internet users were temporarily unable to report the services they couldn’t access. The Outage caused the coin desk to temporarily list incorrect cryptocurrency prices, including bitcoin for a mere $26.
The scene with the DownDetector is a little bit ironic, Cloudflare and all the sites are relying on this network. According to the Gizmodo, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince explained that a software bug in the company’s firewall software caused a massive spike in CPU usage which resulted in global system failures beginning early morning Pacific Time and lasting for about 30 minutes for all of the company’s services.
Moreover, Europe and American east coast were majorly affected because the outage came in the middle of the workday in those areas. Later, the company investigated whether an attack was responsible for the outage but found out it was just a software bug. Cloudflare’s London network operations center when the incident started. The first thing they noticed was the significant spike in CPU usage due to the firewall service.
At that time they thought it is an attack, the team later analyze to look for evidence. Cloudflare found no such evidence or traffic. CEO Mattew Prince said his team is “confident this wasn’t an attack. One of the Cloudflare policies is radical transparency, Prine further said that today’s outage was 100 percent in their control.
Cloudflare has implemented a fix for this issue and is currently monitoring the result. Customers might be experiencing 502 errors while accessing sites on Cloudflare. This latest problem at Cloudflare comes just one week after a different round of global outages impacted the company’s network. The incident took down a host of popular websites and apps including the chat service Discord, Verizon and Shopify. Cloudflare pinned the blame on network issues traced back to an internet infrastructure problem at Verizon.
You can check the status of CloudFlare outage here. Also, the Bitcoin is now correctly listed.