Cyberattack or Error? Internet Outage Affected Multiple Businesses Beginning Sunday Morning August 30, 2020

Outages were reported Sunday morning August 30, 2020 including Verizon, Comcast, CNN, Facebook, Twitter, Zoom, New York Times, New York State, T-Mobile, Garmin, WOW, Netflix, Hulu, Target, Amazon, Starbuck, several gaming platforms, and more. The issue may have been caused by a problem at an Internet transit provider, which usually connects an Internet Service Provider to the Internet’s larger global system of interconnected computer networks.

Initially, the issue looks like some type of error with an Internet transit provider, and there was no official confirmation of a cyberattack or hacking action on the transit provider.

Cloudflare — a website infrastructure platform that offers content delivery network (CDN) services and protection against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks — reported a minor service outage. On Cloudflare’s status page, the company announced at about 5:21 a.m. CDT that the company was investigating an issue which potentially impacts multiple customers.




Minutes later Cloudflare announced that it is investigating an increased level of HTTP 5xx class errors.

By 6:39 a.m. CDT Cloudflare announced issue had been identified and that a fix is being implemented. At 6:57 a.m. CDT Cloudflare announced, “We have identified an issue with a transit provider which is causing 5xx class HTTP errors, such as HTTP 522, 502, 503. This is affecting all data centers that make use of this transit provider and we are working on implementing mitigations to alleviate this issue.”

A fix was implemented in data centers while working with other transit providers to improve “reachability” and at 9:46 a.m. CDT Cloudflare announced, “We are observing significantly improved stability and reachability in the network as the third party provider is implementing a fix for their issue and we have implemented measures to work around the problem.”

List of business experiencing outages or interruption were listed on DownDetector.com (times in EDT) …

USPS
08/30/2020
10:06 a.m.

Fox News
08/30/2020
10:04 a.m.

Sprint
08/30/2020
10:01 a.m.

Vimeo
08/30/2020
9:58 a.m.

USAA
08/30/2020
9:58 a.m.

Imgur
08/30/2020
9:57 a.m.

Duckduckgo
08/30/2020
9:52 a.m.

Bluebird
08/30/2020
9:52 a.m.

Webs
08/30/2020
9:50 a.m.

HughesNet
08/30/2020
9:49 a.m.

Bank of America
08/30/2020
9:48 a.m.

8×8
08/30/2020
9:48 a.m.

AT&T
08/30/2020
9:44 a.m.

Visa
08/30/2020
9:42 a.m.

TD Bank
08/30/2020
9:41 a.m.

Spotify
08/30/2020
9:41 a.m.

Salesforce
08/30/2020
9:37 a.m.

Apex Legends
08/30/2020
9:36 a.m.

Verizon
08/30/2020
9:34 a.m.

Squarespace
08/30/2020
9:33 a.m.

Dish Network
08/30/2020
9:20 a.m.

Network Solutions
08/30/2020
9:17 a.m.

New York State
08/30/2020
9:09 a.m.

Consolidated
08/30/2020
9:08 a.m.

Paypal
08/30/2020
9:01 a.m.

RCN
08/30/2020
8:57 a.m.

OkCupid
08/30/2020
8:57 a.m.

New York Times
08/30/2020
8:45 a.m.

Experian
08/30/2020
8:40 a.m.

ESPN
08/30/2020
8:40 a.m.

TD Ameritrade
08/30/2020
8:33 a.m.

CNN
08/30/2020
8:32 a.m.

Facebook
08/30/2020
8:28 a.m.

Zoom
08/30/2020
8:26 a.m.

EPB Chattanooga
08/30/2020
8:24 a.m.

T-Mobile
08/30/2020
8:21 a.m.

Greenlight
08/30/2020
8:16 a.m.

Garmin
08/30/2020
8:16 a.m.

Garmin Connect
08/30/2020
8:16 a.m.

Spectrum
08/30/2020
8:13 a.m.

SiriusXM
08/30/2020
8:13 a.m.

Go Daddy
08/30/2020
8:12 a.m.

FuboTV
08/30/2020
8:12 a.m.

Wix
08/30/2020
8:06 a.m.

Feedly
08/30/2020
8:04 a.m.

Atlantic Broadband
08/30/2020
8 a.m.

World of Warcraft
08/30/2020
7:58 a.m.

Antietam
08/30/2020
7:56 a.m.

Ancestry
08/30/2020
7:52 a.m.

Shentel
08/30/2020
7:49 a.m.

eBay
08/30/2020
7:48 a.m.

Craigslist
08/30/2020
7:48 a.m.

Northland Communications
08/30/2020
7:45 a.m.

WOW
08/30/2020
7:42 a.m.

Netflix
08/30/2020
7:41 a.m.

Funimation
08/30/2020
7:40 a.m.

Amazon
08/30/2020
7:40 a.m.

Comcast
08/30/2020
7:36 a.m.

ZoHo
08/30/2020
7:34 a.m.

Chase
08/30/2020
7:32 a.m.

Amazon Web Services
08/30/2020
7:32 a.m.

Yahoo
08/30/2020
7:30 a.m.

Target
08/30/2020
7:29 a.m.

Bandwidth
08/30/2020
7:28 a.m.

Yahoo Mail
08/30/2020
7:26 a.m.

Venmo
08/30/2020
7:26 a.m.

AOL
08/30/2020
7:12 a.m.

Starbucks
08/30/2020
7:05 a.m.




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Sample of companies affected by Internet reachability Sunday August 30, 2020
Sample of companies affected by Internet reachability Sunday August 30, 2020.
Sample of companies affected by Internet reachability Sunday August 30, 2020
Sample of companies affected by Internet reachability Sunday August 30, 2020.