Why Internet Broke?

World | October 5, 2021, Tuesday // 10:21
Bulgaria: Why Internet Broke?

Many of the world’s largest apps and websites, including for banks and airlines, faced a cascade of outages within hours, causing panic among internet users, with some demanding to know who has “broken” the Internet.

While the issues have affected a number of popular social media platforms, one of which  is TwitterRedditFacebookInstagram and SnapChat – other larger institutions also faced major technological problems on Monday, such as  banks, airlines, the professional networking site LinkedIn and cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, all according to DownDetector fault monitoring.

Many people may not realize the reach of Facebook's services into other seemingly unrelated applications. Facebook operates one of the largest advertising networks in the world, used by countless websites and mobile applications. Facebook also provides a method to authenticate (log in) for users of many internet applications. Any service that relies on Facebook for any part of its infrastructure will have experienced problems today to a varying degree.

The cascading impact of an outage to a core service like this can be confusing for people experiencing problems with a service seemingly completely unrelated to Facebook. When Facebook goes down, it's a bad day on the internet and yesterday was exceptionally gloomy.

The tracking website noted that Facebook’s issues marked the “The biggest crash we’ve ever seen on DownDetector” with over “10.6 million problem reports worldwide”.

However, the platform, as well as the Facebook-owned Instagram site, appear to have come back to life since, having been down for around six hours.

Chat apps such as Zoom and Telegram, as good as Gmail – among the busiest messaging services in the world – were also said to have been caught up in the Internet collapse. All three have seen a sharp increase in their use amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which has prompted many companies to shift to more remote working. Monday’s troubles were sure to cause headaches for countless professionals trying to work from home, even prompting some to demand to know “Who broke the Internet”.

Other users have come up with new theories about what could have caused the blackouts, ranging from a widespread cyberattack, a clandestine CIA operation, to the usual scapegoat – the ” Russians. “

It is still unclear exactly what caused the widespread blackouts on Monday.

Facebook sources who declined to be named told US tv NBC the company was facing a DNS [Domain Name System] problem, referring to a “phone book” type system used to search for individual websites.

The source added that there is “No reason at this stage to suspect anything malicious”, but the failure still affected ” almost everything “ on Facebook before the issue was resolved later Monday night.

 The six-hour outage is said to have cost the platform $ 6 billion. / downdetector

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