The outage seems to have started at about 2:15 Pacific time for about 25 minutes before connections began to be restored. Google DNS may also have been affected.The company also issued via email emphasizing that this was not an attack on the system.
“This afternoon we saw an outage across some parts of our network. It was not as a result of an attack,” the company said in a statement. “It appears a router on our global backbone announced bad routes and caused some portions of the network to not be available.
Discord, Feedly, Politico, Shopify and League of Legends were all affected, giving an idea of the breadth of the issue. Not only were websites down but also some status pages meant to provide warnings and track outages.
Cloudflare wrote in a tweet and an update to its own status page (which thankfully remained available) that it was “investigating issues with Cloudflare Resolver and our edge network in certain locations.
Some of the services and sites also relied on Google’s Public DNS service (18.104.22.168), which appeared to be having simultaneous issues, but TechCrunch has not been able to directly confirm this.
Google shows no interruption to services on its status dashboard.Despite much speculation as to the cause of the outage, there is no evidence that it was caused by a denial-of-service attack or any other form of malicious hackery.