A four-hour disruption caused many Google-related services to stop working temporarily. Youtube, Snapchat, Discord, and Vimeo are but a few platforms affected by the outage.
Four-Hour Google Outage Disrupts Youtube, Snapchat, and Discord
On June 2, at 3 PM ET, Google experienced a four-hours-long disruption in many services the company’s Cloud powers, leading to their suspension for that time. Though many in Europe also reported errors, the temporary shutdown mostly affected users on the US East Coast.
Google serves as a backend to many apps, and most of them experienced glitches or were downright inoperable. The issue extended even to smart home appliances running on Nest, disabling various household operations it manages.
Shortly after the disruption began, speculations that the incident was the result of a cyber attack began surfacing. Google, however, claims that no such attack took place. Many took the opportunity to criticize corporate monopolizing and relying too much on a single entity to manage multiple services.
Probable Cause of the Disruption
Google cites a high level of network traffic on the East coast as the main culprit for the anomaly. The company adds that a thorough investigation of the event is underway in order to determine its root cause.
On June 4, 2019, 10:30 AM IST, Google gave an update on the investigation of the situation. Apparently, the problem emerged from a misapplied configuration. This configuration was supposed to operate on a smaller amount of servers but was implemented on too large a network. The result was severe congestion that cost many a user time otherwise spent on their favorite services.