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Google glitch triggers major internet outage

2021-11-16 18:28 by

 

Multiple social media apps such as Snapchat, Spotify and Alphabet's Google Cloud appeared to be coming back online after a brief global outage on Tuesday.

All of those services use Google Cloud as a cloud computing provider, meaning your device accesses a Google server whenever you use one of those apps. Customers may encounter 404 errors when accessing web pages, which stems from an issue with cloud networking, Google says.

According to internet managers on the Outages mailing list, the specific problem seems to be with the GCP load balancers. These, working with Google's Cloud Delivery Network (CDN), provide high availability web servers. This is designed to stop website failures and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks by putting your website behind a single anycast IP and then scaling your resources up or down with intelligent autoscaling.

Google says the issue has been fully resolved. "We will publish an analysis of this incident, once we have completed our internal investigation," the company wrote.

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