Massive Cloudflare Outage Affects Discord, Riot Games, & More

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 18, 2020

Several websites became unavailable Friday after Cloudflare experienced outages in parts of its network.

This critical outage began around 5:15 pm EST (2:45 am IST) and lasted about 27-minutes, as per the official blog post.

Cloudflare said an issue "with Cloudflare Resolver and our edge network" was the cause for countless websites going offline earlier today, including Discord, Patreon, GitLab, Medium, Zendesk, and even Downdetector.

What exactly happened? Cloudflare says that it was working on another issue affecting its Chicago and Newark data centers. "It appears a router on our global backbone announced bad routes and caused some portions of the network to not be available". We believe we have addressed the root cause and monitoring systems for stability now. "We will share more shortly". Those affected reportedly include websites for Shopify, Politico, Discord and League of Legends, according to TechCrunch. In at least one case, even the status page for the status page was down. Browsers showed the error involved the domain name system (DNS), which acts as the phone book for the internet.

"Services that rely on Cloudflare for DNS and caching to help them stay online are now inaccessible for many people", Engadget reported. Some internet providers rely on their own, but alternatives from the likes of Google and Cloudflare, which launched its own DNS service in 2018, are more commonly used. "Customers using Cloudflare services in certain regions are impacted as requests might fail and/or errors may be displayed".

Cloudflare Inc. suffered an outage on Friday, disrupting some parts of the internet.

This is a developing story.

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