The search engine and several other Google products have been offline for a few hours after a worldwide outage began on Sunday. In addition to Google Maps, Amazon and Facebook’s networks were affected by a CDN failure. Apple also patched a WebKit vulnerability. While Google provided limited information about the outages, some products have billions of global users. Here are some things to know if you want to use Google’s services today.
Google Maps crashed in a worldwide outage
Earlier on Friday morning, Google Maps went offline for over three hours, with some users getting nothing but a blank screen. Google confirmed the outage via its status dashboard, but did not elaborate on the reason for the outage. The website is back online now, but it still cannot pull up any data not already saved on the user’s device. Those wishing to access Google Maps in a different location will need to use an alternative app.
The outage began at 11 a.m. ET/8:13 a.m. PT and is affecting users around the world. Some users are reporting that the service is down for everyone. A quick search on Twitter reveals that the outage is affecting people in many countries. Some users are even reporting that they are unable to open maps on their iPhones and Android devices. If you’re using Google Maps for business, don’t try to access it until it’s fixed.
While many people will not have the opportunity to use the service, it’s essential to know what’s going on. A major outage has affected Google Maps in the US, UK and Australia. While a major issue may affect only a small portion of users, it’s important to note that many users have been left with a frustrating experience. As a result, many are taking to Twitter to vent about the outage.
The cause of the outage is still unknown, but Google has said it was caused by a bug in its Identity Management System, which essentially limits the amount of storage available to its users. Affected users can access Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, and Google Maps, but not the rest of the system. The outage lasted around an hour, and users experienced crashes in the application. In the meantime, users are encouraged to use other services for a short period of time while they wait for the problem to be fixed.
Facebook’s network was affected
Last week, Facebook’s network was temporarily unavailable, leaving users unable to access the social network or use third-party apps. The outage appeared to be caused by a DNS problem, which affected both external and internal access. The DNS connects domain names to IP addresses, allowing people to use popular websites. Facebook’s network was impacted by a bug in a major DNS operator’s software.
The outage affected the entire Facebook network, knocking out email, chat, and messaging services for users around the world. Engineers were unable to remotely fix the problem, and had to physically reset a data center to restore service. As a result, some Facebook employees were unable to access their own office or communications platform. The company is investigating the outage and is bringing the network back gradually.
Several sources say the outage is caused by an issue with the Facebook network. The problem was related to a configuration change made to backbone routers. These routers coordinate network traffic between data centers, but the change cascaded throughout the entire company’s network. As of six p.m. ET, most Facebook services are back online. Nonetheless, the company has not yet disclosed the cause of the outage.
The Facebook network was affected by a BGP routing issue. Engineers were unable to reach the servers and reverse the error because they couldn’t access the internet. While it took a while to fix the problem, it should still be back up and running soon. It’s important to note that Facebook’s system is a network of networks. Those networks communicate with each other, which means if one fails, the whole system is down.
Several internet users shared their experiences about the outage, pointing out that it had been happening in a number of countries around the world. Facebook, Instagram, and Google+ were among the platforms affected, and their networks were not working correctly as a result. Several social media websites also experienced disruptions, which affected around 3 billion users globally. In India, Facebook is the largest social network in the world.
Amazon’s network was affected by a CDN failure
The outage hit during a critical holiday shopping season, and the consequences could be long-lasting and affecting businesses, consumers, and consumers. Amazon says the issue is “technical” and is focusing on restoring service quickly. Although the company did not say exactly what caused the outage, the problem likely stemmed from issues with its application programming interface, or API.
Fastly, a CDN provider, is one of the companies that helps businesses use a global network of servers to improve internet loading speed. Its failure could prevent companies from operating on the internet. It is essential for a company to have a robust network to ensure a high-quality service. Its network is a single network, and if one part fails, the entire network could suffer.
Another major outage in the world last week affected the CDNs that power many websites. While single images aren’t affected by a CDN, modern websites contain many elements and a failure can affect all websites. Fortunately, the outage wasn’t as large as many people think. CDNs are a major reason that websites are faster. CDNs also reduce cross-continental traffic. Local servers are typically faster to respond to user queries.
The outage affected Amazon’s web services, including Alexa, Prime Video, Ring security cameras, and Disney Plus. In addition to its own services, Amazon’s Flex app, which lets drivers scan packages and get delivery routes, also had problems. The problems were reportedly in Florida and Minnesota. The owner of a business in Minnesota, meanwhile, warned customers of major delivery delays.
According to a report published by Fastly, a major server issue affected tens of thousands of websites around the world on 8 June. The problems began at 11:00 BST. The website was affected for a few minutes to an hour, but eventually went back online. CNN, Reddit, and over 2,000 Amazon users were affected. However, the outage is likely due to a CDN failure rather than a web-wide issue.
Apple’s update patched a WebKit vulnerability
After a worldwide outage on Tuesday, Apple’s latest iOS and macOS updates addressed a zero-day vulnerability in the WebKit browser engine. Previously, Apple’s browsers were vulnerable to attacks that leveraged vulnerabilities in Apple’s software, such as a vulnerability in the NSO Group’s Pegasus software. The exploit was documented by Citizen Lab and allowed a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on Apple devices. The Apple update addresses the CVE-2022-22620 flaw that affects all iOS and macOS browsers, including Safari. It also implements better memory management for iOS and macOS.
This problem has been the cause of numerous worldwide outages and criticisms from web developers. Apple fixed the problem in version 12.2 of the MacOS, but it has yet to fix the problem in macOS Big Sur. This new update has resolved two other problems that affected web browsers, including the AppleAVD vulnerability, which could allow a malicious application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.
After Apple’s update patched a vulnerability in the WebKit framework, the Gmail app on Android was also affected. Several users uninstalled the update after it appeared on their devices and reported that their apps were still inaccessible. Users can also go to the Gmail website to view their inbox or messages. If the crash issue persists, Google has said it is working to fix it.
Apple should make the policy clear about the end date of security updates. Apple should never leave security researchers feeling ignored and make it clear that older OS versions will no longer receive all the patches and updates. They should also publicly state their security update policies. Apple could learn from Microsoft’s policy and give its customers the same protection. And if Apple does find a vulnerability, they should fix it as soon as possible.
The Apple update aimed at fixing the problem, which was a zero-day flaw in Apple’s software. The flaw was discovered by an anonymous security researcher and Apple is aware of reports that the exploit was being actively exploited. The problem could allow an attacker to remotely control an iOS device and execute arbitrary code on it. Therefore, users are encouraged to install the latest updates for their iOS devices to protect themselves from the attack.