A cloudflare breach on Tuesday knocked off hundreds of websites and services, including Discord, Shopify, Fitbit, Pelton, various cryptocurrency services, and Cloudflare itself, offline for hours.
Founded in 2010, CloudFlare is a US-based Content Delivery Network (CDN) that provides denial-of-service protection to online domains, speed optimization and various cyber security services.
The company faced similar problems last week when several services, including Discord, Shopify, Canvas and Gitlab, suffered network performance problems across India, Indonesia and Eastern Europe due to disruptions in the Indian subcontinent.
Tuesday’s incident was first acknowledged on CloudFlare’s status page at 7:43 a.m. GMT, where the company posted a statement stating: By “
At 7:57 a.m., Cloudflare says the problem has been identified and “a solution is being implemented” and by 8:20 a.m., the fix has been turned on and the company is “monitoring the results.” Cloudflare’s update page shows that all services were on at 9:13 a.m.
Cloudflare confirmed that the disruption was not the result of an attack.
According to a CloudFlare statement, “A change of network in some of our data centers has resulted in part of our network being unavailable.” “Due to the nature of the incident, customers may have difficulty accessing websites and services that rely on CloudFlare from approximately 0628-0720 UTC. CloudFlare was working on a solution within minutes, and the network is now running normally.”
According to Venkatesh Sundar, co-founder of Indusface, a web app security company, cloud disruptions may require a rethink on how such disruptions can temporarily cripple business activities.
“In most cases, when choosing or building a service, the focus is on the features and capabilities that the service will offer. However, it is important to evaluate the ability of the service provider / vendor to assist you,” he said.
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