America is in shock after discovering that 40% of the internet can be taken down by one company. Web infrastructure provider Cloudflare suffered outages on Friday resulting in different websites around the internet crashing. Cloudflare provides infrastructure services to roughly 40% of the internet.
The crashes affected everyone from small sites to some of the largest sites like Amazon and Facebook with thousands of daily users.
The issue didn’t just affect Cloudflare’s clients, the problem spread to other services. Security experts pointed out problems cropping up on non-Cloudflare servers.
Some are speculating that Cloudflare was hit by a DDOS, Distributed Denial of Service, attack. Cloudflare defines a DDOS attack as, “A malicious attempt to disrupt normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic.”
Essentially any group can create artificial traffic and direct it at a service provider to overwhelm its services. Ironically, Cloudflare sells solutions to prevent DDOS attacks.
Kaspersky Lab, an anti-virus provider in Russia, noted that there was a lot of data traffic originating in China and ending in the United States. While there have been no comments from the Trump administration, this very well could have been a Chinese cyberattack.
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