A major glitch in the content delivery network CloudFlare caused hundreds of websites across the Internet to stop working and returned a ‘500 internal server error’ message this morning.
A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a worldwide distribution group that works together. Websites use these CDNs to deliver content safely and quickly from the cloud.
Cloudflare is by far the most popular content delivery network.
Websites affected by website disruptions include Discord, Shopify, Fitbit, Peloton, Grindr, Ring, bet365, Google, NordVPN, JustEat and Ladbrokes, according to Downdetector, which monitors website disruptions.
Cloudflare acknowledged the problem in an update on his official Twitter account.
“The CloudFlare team is aware of current service issues and is working to resolve them as soon as possible,” it said.
The agency now claims to have solved the problem.
The issue prompted many Internet users to express their frustration on social media about the “large part of the Internet” returning 500 internal server errors.
‘Has the internet just shut down? Found 500 internal server errors across several websites, ‘wrote a Twitter user.
DownDector Down, Discord Down, League of Legends Server Down, Valerant Down. Huge internet disruptions are happening, ‘wrote another.
Half the internet is down due to some cloudflare issues due to an internal nginx error on the 500 server. As soon as we talk, Pingu is taking over the world. Twitter is after. It’s up to the people. Not not, ‘wrote another.
“And you thought the train strike was bad …” said cyber security expert Graham Cully.
‘While many websites rely on a single technology, there is always the risk that it could be a single point of failure.’
Jack Moore, global cybersecurity advisor at ESET Internet Security, told MailOnline: ‘There seems to be a problem with CloudFlare and a solution is being worked out but users may be frustrated with the amount of service offline.
‘It simply shows how much the Internet is still funneling through a small series that puts great pressure on these platforms that are designed to provide protection and reliability.
‘When problems occur, disasters can occur in cyberspace. Unfortunately, these are becoming more common. ‘
The cause of the disruption is not yet clear, but Cloudflare was quick to identify the problem and implement a solution.
Cloudflare CTO John Graham-cumming hacker told the news thread that this is not a global outbreak, but has affected ‘many places’.
‘We have problems with our spine. We know what. Rollbacks etc are happening, ‘he said.
Moore explains: ‘Every request from a browser responds with a status. When you visit a website and see a 500 internal server error message, it means there is a problem with the website.
‘Usually no information is given as to why, but nowadays the problem is more with the content distribution network.
“CDNs are struggling with increasing traffic, which is often the cause of the disruption.”
The CloudFlare service status page states: ‘A serious P0 event was announced at about 06:34 AM UTC. Connections to CloudFlare’s network have been disrupted over a wide area, ‘the company said on its system status page.
‘The iBalls will monitor 500 errors trying to reach cloudflare sites in the affected area. The incident affected all data plane services on our network.