Websites down, what happened to Cloudflare by Chiara Rossi

On Tuesday morning, numerous web domains failed to connect due to disruptions on Cloudflare. The American company that deals with network traffic has claimed to have solved the problem

Error "500 Internal Server Error" for numerous Internet sites this morning in various parts of the world. Cloudflare, an American company that deals with network infrastructure, suffered an interruption on Tuesday morning, as confirmed on its Twitter profile. Cloudflare's technology powers numerous other sites and services on the internet, and the outage appeared to impact a number of different sites, including Discord, Shopify, Grindr, Fitbit, and Peleton, according to Downdetector. Reports of problems began around 7:30 a.m. Cloudflare reported that it fixed the issue at 9:16 a.m. All the details. WHAT HAPPENED TO CLOUDFLARE THIS MORNING This morning Cloudflare, an American company that deals with network traffic and dissemination of content via the web, had problems with its content delivery network, the network of servers distributed throughout the territory that provide the rapid transmission of multimedia content. NUMEROUS OFFLINE SITES Due to the cloudflare CDN issue, numerous sites were offline. The "widespread" outage earlier in the day affected a large number of services including FTX, Discord, Omegle, DoorDash, Crunchyroll, NordVPN, and Feedly. IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME As The Verge recalls, Cloudflare has encountered similar issues in the past, for example in July and August 2020. The latest outage had to face just last week in some parts of the world, TechCrunch points out. WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THE MALFUNCTION? Shortly after the reports, the American company announced that it had "implemented a fix", which seems to rule out the possibility of security problems or specific attacks. However, he did not reveal the cause of the problem. John Graham-Cumming, the company's chief technology officer, said in a Hacker News thread that the outage did not spread around the world, but affected "many places." ITALIAN SITES ALSO AFFECTED Among the sites unreachable this morning also many Italians. "Cloudflare, in fact, reports that the Palermo hub is among those "re-routed" and that of Milan among those "partially re-routed". Regularly operational, instead the hub of Rome. Italy is therefore among the countries that have suffered the most blow", reports Puntoinformatico.