Major Internet Incidents and Outages of 2010

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We do our best to cope with Internet and website outages, which can be incredibly frustrating when they take out major communication channels. When a service goes down, Twitter usually lights up with complaints and questions – well, unless it’s Twitter that’s down, of course. So to cap off a year that seemed to have its fair share of major meltdowns, the website monitoring company Royal Pingdom has posted its list of this year’s major Internet incidents.1. Wikipedia’s failover failA failover fail in March knocked Wikipedia offline worldwide for several hours.2. WordPress.com’s big-blog crashWordPress was down for 110 minutes in mid-February, the biggest outage the service had seen in four years.3. Gmail’s multiple outagesAlthough disruptions don’t generally impact all Gmail users, the email service had several notable outages this year, including a 2.5 hour downtime in February, a 36 hour outage in March and a 2 hour outage in September.4. China reroutes the InternetIn April, China Telecom purportedly spread incorrect traffic routes to the rest of the Internet, meaning that for 18 minutes, as much as 15% of Internet traffic was sent via China.5. Twitter’s World Cup woesTwitter saw incredible growth this year, but tweeting became so popular, particularly during the World Cup, that Twitter broke. Repeatedly.6. Facebook’s feedback loopFacebook was offline for 2.5 hours in September when a feedback loop overloaded its databases. Our own community manager Seamus Condron went so far during the outage as to post some helpful suggestions about how best to cope. 7. Foursquare’s double whammyFoursquare was down for 11 hours in October. The culprit: database issues. The site was down an additional 6 hours the next day as the engineers fixed things.8. Paypal’s payment problemsProblems with network equipment disrupted PayPal’s service for 4.5 hours in October.9. Tumblr’s tumbleTumblr has had a great year, and ReadWriteWeb just named it the Best LittleCo of 2010. But that success in part led to a 24 hour outage in December, when all of Tumblr’s 11 million blogs were knocked offline.10. The WikiLeaks dramaThe WikiLeaks site experienced its own issues during its most recent document release, as it came under heavy DDoS attacks. The site then moved to Amazon Web Services, but was quickly ousted. The site then lost its DNS provider for the Wikileaks.org domain. The site has remained largely reachable via its IP address and over 2000 mirror sites have since sprung up. But the events surrounding WIkiLeaks have not merely interrupted the organization’s website, as Amazon, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, EveryDNS and others have been targeted by DDoS attacks. “The Wikileaks drama is without a doubt the Internet incident of the year,” says Royal Pingdom.Do you see anything missing from this list? And care to offer any predictions about outages in 2011? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img audrey watters Related Posts Tags:#news#web last_img

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