A Cloudflare outage broke large swaths of the internet

Cloudflare experienced an outage on Tuesday morning, according to its status page. Cloudflare’s technology powers many other sites and services across the internet, and the outage appears to be impacting a range of different sites, including Discord, Shopify, Grindr, Fitbit and Peleton, according to Downdetector. Trouble reports began around 2:30 a.m. ET. Cloudflare reported fixing the issue at 4:06 a.m. ET.

The issues were most problematic for users of Cloudflare’s own DNS lookup service. Several Edge staff members found that they were unable to access any websites during the outage due to the use of Cloudflare’s DNS service. Fortunately, the solution here is simple: change your DNS configuration. I found that simply going back to using my ISP’s default DNS settings solved most of my problems.

Cloudflare has encountered similar issues in the past, such as July and August 2020. Not a good look for a company that advertises its services as a way to reduce downtime.

Update of June 21 at 04:36: Updated with confirmation from Cloudflare that the issues have been resolved.


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