Google accidentally caused internet outage in Japan2017-08-28 12:47 by Daniela
Nearly half of Japan lost access to the internet for a couple of hours on Friday, because of an error made by Google. According to investigations conducted by Internet service providers, information concerning Internet connection routes, which was delivered by Google, contained incorrect settings due to erroneous operations. That caused the poor connectivity.
Shortly after the faulty rerouting request went through, numerous users of internet providers NTT Communications and KDDI Corp. were unable to connect to the web – or experienced significantly slower surfing speeds.
The mistake was noticed and corrected within just a few minutes, but its effects led to hours of slowed internet connections. The impact was so large that Japan's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry initiated an investigation into the issue.
"We set wrong information for the network and, as a result, problems occurred. We modified the information to the correct one within eight minutes," a company spokesperson told The Asahi Shimbun. "We apologize for causing inconvenience and anxieties."
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