Widespread U.S. Internet Outage Takes Down Major Sites Like Facebook, Google, Reddit
Around 6:30am CST, a rather large spike in issues began to crop up across the web, from Starbucks to Call of Duty multiplayer sessions. Video streaming, log-in services, and whole websites themselves were having problems. For the users who could access Twitter, reddit, and other social media sites, fingers started to point at Cloudflare.
If we look at Cloudflare’s status website, they showed an error log this morning around 5:30am CST, well before the outages started to spike. On the status log, they said that, “Cloudflare is aware of, and investigating an issue which potentially impacts multiple customers.” After a few hours, the issue was identified as a “transit provider which is causing 5xx class HTTP errors, such as HTTP 522, 502, 503.” Since the issue was identified (and not Cloudflare's fault), internet traffic was rerouted around the issue. Now, a fix has seemingly been implemented and Cloudflare is monitoring the whole situation. Internet “reachability” is improving, and the problem appears to be mostly mitigated.