June 13, 2021

One single CDN user took down the internet this week


One single CDN user took down the internet this week

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wewewawa

Would this be considered a vulnerability?

wewewawa

“A customer pushed a valid configuration change that included the specific circumstances that triggered the bug, which caused 85% of our network to return errors,” Rockwell said.

That’s all it took.

wewewawa

On the morning of June 8, some of the biggest websites on the internet simultaneously went offline.

Online shoppers couldn’t access Amazon. Breaking news stories weren’t able to be published on The New York Times, CNN, or The Verge. Reddit went down, causing meme stock investors to congregate in the YouTube comments section of the Gangnam Style music video where they speculated the whole situation was a plot against them by hedge funds.

Well, we now know what caused some of the most popular websites to go down this week. It turns out there wasn’t some big conspiracy. However, the truth is still pretty bizarre.

A single CDN service customer changed their network settings, activating a glitch that took down large swaths of the World Wide Web.

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