What To Know About The Glitch That Crashed The Internet Today

Much of the Internet went offline for about an hour or so on Tuesday morning due to a glitch originating with the cloud computing services provider Fastly FSLY.

What Happened: Fastly supports corporate and government websites and apps around the world.

Three-quarters of the traffic coming from Fastly disappeared at around 5:49 a.m. ET, according to a CNN report, impacting such online platforms as Amazon.com AMZN, Target TGT, The New York Times NYT, Reddit, and the U.K. government’s home page. Benzinga was among the media outlets that went offline.

The San Francisco-headquartered Fastly posted a message on its Twitter TWTR page at 7:09 a.m. ET that reported, “We identified a service configuration that triggered disruptions across our POPs globally and have disabled that configuration. Our global network is coming back online.”

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Why It Happened: Fastly identified the source of the disruption as being its content delivery network (CDN), though it remains unclear what went awry.

As of 8:00 a.m. ET, the company’s status page announced the problem was resolved.

“Fastly has observed recovery of all services and has resolved this incident,” the company stated. “Customers could continue to experience a period of increased origin load and lower Cache Hit Ratio (CHR).”

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