On Tuesday, a large portion of the internet broke.
The culprit was Cloudflare. The company provides internet security to 16 million websites. It keeps sites secure and speeds up loading times. But when it has an issue, so do all of its websites.
If you went to Shopify, Dropbox, Nest, or any number of other websites, you most likely ran into “502 Gateway Error” between 9:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
Cloudflare’s chief technology officer said the service’s outage was caused by a “bad software deploy that was rolled back.”
And he added he was incredibly sorry.
This is a great reminder the Internet is a fragile place...
Cloudflare outage caused by bad software deploy (updated)