If you noticed the other day that you weren’t able to access your favorite sites, then this could be the reason.
Cloudflare experienced issues with their 126.96.36.199 DNS service, resulting in an outage across parts of their network. This caused numerous sites that rely on their service to go down.
The issue has since been identified and fixed. Cloudflare clarified that it was not an attack, but rather just an outage caused by an error.
Cloudflare’s CEO Matthew Prince explained in a Tweet that a router in Atlanta had an error that caused bad routes across their network.
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As Techcrunch explains, DNS or Domain Name System connects domains (like our blog, technobaboy.com) to IP addresses. If either goes down, the site becomes unreachable regardless if our server is up or not.
We are aware that some regions may be experiencing issues with some Cloudflare services. We are currently investigating.— Cloudflare Help (@CloudflareHelp) July 17, 2020
According to reports, more than 80++ websites, apps, and services were affected, such as Cloudflare, Google, Discord, Valorant, League of Legends, Valorant, Shopify, Crunchyroll, 4chan, Wattpad, Facebook, Coinbase, and Minecraft, among others.
It is estimated that approximately 40% of the internet was not accessible during the outage.