7-hour global outage

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While most of the Asia-Pacific region were winding down their Sunday, other parts of the rest of the world experienced a seven-hour global internet outage.

The cause was a misconfiguration at one of CenturyLink’s data centres that impacted other internet service providers, triggering a chain of lost connectivity for the likes of Amazon, Blizzard, EA, Hulu, Microsoft, Reddit, Steam, and Twitter.

According to Cloudflare, the problem resulted in a 3.5 percent drop in global internet traffic.

Thankfully, CenturyLink managed to fix the bug in seven hours — before the rest of the world began a new work day.

“We are able to confirm that all services impacted by today’s IP outage have been restored. We understand how important these services are to our customers, and we sincerely apologise for the impact this outage caused,” said CenturyLink in a Facebook post late Sunday night (Singapore time).

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