How a single cloud computing customer caused half the internet to go dark

On Tuesday, June 8, more than a dozen social networks and major international media sites crashed.

As it became known, the disconnection of most of the Internet for more than an hour was caused by a software error.

CDN provider Fastly said the problem was a software update sent to customers on May 12. The error went unnoticed until one unidentified client made a configuration change.

As a result, Twitter, CNN, New York Times, Guardian, Amazon and Reddit, Twitch, Reddit, Stackoverflow, GitHub and Spotify users were unable to access the resources.

“This disruption was serious and we sincerely regret that it affected our customers and everyone who relies on them,” the company said in a blog post.

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