On Sunday 30 August 2020, many internet services and websites went down around the world due to a Cloudflare error. The outage started at about 2:15 Pacific time and lasted for about 25 minutes before connections began to be restored.
The outage began early Sunday, and according to Cloudflare’s status page, “Third-party transit provider issue causing increased HTTP 5xx errors” Incident Report by Cloudflare
In a later update, Cloudflare said it had “identified an issue with a transit provider” as the cause of the issue, and that it was working on a fix. The outage was affecting all data centres that use the transit provider.
Aug 30, 2020 – 16:12 UTC This incident has been resolved.
Cloudflare’s services are meant to prevent websites from suffering outages due to peak traffic loads as well as DDoS or spam comment attacks. DownDetector showed Sunday’s outage was affecting the US and parts of western Europe, and sites including Discord, Hulu, Feedly, Xbox Live, and dozens of others appeared to be affected.