(INTELLIHUB) — Dozens of websites went offline globally on Tuesday due to failing cloud servers at Fastly, a cloud services company and content delivery network.
Twitch, Reddit, the New York Times, CNN, and many other prominent websites went offline during a brief period, sparking fears that more outages could happen in the future.
When the outage struck, online readers of CNN were given a message on-screen reading: “Fastly error: unknown domain: cnn.com.”
Additionally, the official United Kindom government website UK.gov was also throwing an error message which stated: “Error 503 Service Unavailable,” along with the phrase: “Varnish cache server.”
Although Tuesday’s outage proved to be from cloud failure, cybercrime is currently at an all-time high, and criminals are not giving up anytime soon. The recent Colonial Pipeline hack is a good example of how criminals use the Interwebs to extort their victims, typically large companies, for millions of dollars per heist.
Cybercriminals use malware to lock up their victims’ control functions and demand payment in untraceable cryptocurrency to be exchanged for an encrypted key that will unlock and restore operating systems. However, there is no guarantee that hackers will hold up to their end of the bargain once a ransom payment is made.
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