SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — Fastly, the San Francisco tech company whose stumbles created an Internet outage for many of the world’s top websites earlier this week, blamed the problem on a software bug that was triggered when a customer changed a setting.
The problem at Fastly meant internet users couldn’t connect to a host of popular websites early Tuesday including The New York Times, the Guardian, Twitch, Reddit and the British government’s homepage.READ MORE: FDA To Consider Pfizer Application For COVID Booster Shots On Friday
“We experienced a global outage due to an undiscovered software bug that surfaced on June 8 when it was triggered by a valid customer configuration change,” Nick Rockwell, Fastly’s senior vice president of engineering and infrastructure, said in a blog post late Tuesday.
He said the outage was “broad and severe” but the company quickly identified, isolated and disabled the problem and after 49 minutes, most of its network was up and running again. The bug had been included in a software update that was rolled out in May and Rockwell said the company is trying to figure out why it wasn’t detected during testing.READ MORE: Infamous North Bay Killer Johnny Lee Sommerhalder Denied Parole
“Even though there were specific conditions that triggered this outage, we should have anticipated it,” Rockwell said.
Fastly provides what’s called a content delivery network — an arrangement that allows customer websites to store data such as images and videos on various mirror servers across 26 countries. Keeping the data closer to users means it shows up faster.
But the incident highlighted how much of the global internet is dependent on a handful of behind the scenes companies like Fastly that provide vital infrastructure, and it amplified concerns about how vulnerable they are to more serious disruption.MORE NEWS: Family: Woman Fatally Shot By 15-Year-Old Brother In East San Jose
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