A word about this week’s major Internet outage, in which a customer’s changed settings brought some of the world’s biggest sites – and most powerful companies – to a halt.
Cloud computing company Fastly has stated that the bug had been triggered when one of its customers had changed their settings.
The outage, which lasted about an hour, hit some popular websites such as Amazon, Reddit, the Guardian and the New York Times. Christian organizations and ministers have been sensitive to Big Tech and having their accounts wiped out, but this outage affected the likes of Amazon, CNN, the New York Times, the Guardian, Reddit and more.
Fastly apologized and said the problem should have been anticipated.
“We experienced a global outage due to an undiscovered software bug that surfaced on June 8 when it was triggered by a valid customer configuration change,” stated Nick Rockwell, Fastly’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Infrastructure. “We detected the disruption within one minute, then identified and isolated the cause, and disabled the configuration. Within 49 minutes, 95% of our network was operating as normal.
“This outage was broad and severe, and we’re truly sorry for the impact to our customers and everyone who relies on them.”
“It is absolutely frightening that one person could change a setting on their computer and it could take down the internet! With the whole world depending on the internet, there shouldn’t be just a handful of companies with the responsibility of managing it,” Franklin Graham said. “I hope that President Biden will look into this and see the precarious position this puts us in—not only Americans, but people all around the world.
“This incident should be a wake-up call.Years ago, when we first became able to send and receive email on our phones, I was at my father Billy Graham’s home and showed him how quickly I could get a question answered from one of our team members in another part of the world. I emailed the individual, and within a few short minutes the reply arrived with a notification ding.
“My father was impressed, but he asked me how it worked. I told him I didn’t know. He asked me who owned it. I told him I didn’t know that either! I think my father was on to something here. More and more, I think that’s a great question for today, because whoever “owns” the internet could control the world.”
The outage has raised questions about relying on a handful of companies to run the vast infrastructure that underpins the internet, something the entire world now relies on.