US tech company Fastly has revealed that a software bug triggered a global internet outage which took several major websites offline on Tuesday. For around an hour, sites such as The New York Times, Evening Standard, Bloomberg and Le Monde, as well as self-proclaimed front page of the internet Reddit, shopping site eBay, and streaming platform Twitch, were all down.
Websites around the world, including major news sites, Amazon and the United Kingdom’s government page, were temporarily down during a massive outage early Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what caused the massive outage. Multiple news outlets were taken offline, including BBC, Bloomberg News, CNN, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The New York Times and The Verge.
The US Senate voted on Wednesday to save net neutrality after attempts by the Federal Communications Commission to reverse neutrality rules put into place by the Obama administration. The bipartisan resolution got approved issuing rebukes to the Trump administration’s support of reversing net neutrality. It is unclear what fate may await the measure in the House.
A new study shows that underground internet cables across the US will be inundated with sea water as sea levels rise in the next 15 years. If thousands of miles of cable were flooded due to rising sea levels, it could impact Internet reliability for millions of Americans in major cities.
The New Zealand Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US to face racketeering and criminal copyright charges. The decision comes six years after the US shutdown megaupload.com for collecting at least $175 million from people using it to illegally download songs, television shows, and movies.
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that states can compel retailers to collect sales taxes even if they are not physically located in the state, reversing a 1992 ruling. Justice Anthony Kennedy said the internet has changed ‘the dynamics of the national economy.’ Retail analysts call the ruling ‘bad news’ for online retailers.
The first major lawsuits to block the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules were filed, Tuesday, by twenty-one states, the District of Columbia, and various other groups. The states’ suit leader called the repeal ‘arbitrary and capricious.’ Filing occurred a day after Senate Democrats announced progress on legislation to overturn the repeal.
The Internet Association, a group representing the biggest technology companies in America announced, Friday, their plan to join the fight against the Federal Communications Commission and its repeal of net neutrality. Companies including Facebook, Google, and Netflix are prepared to use their reputation and financial standing to aid in the challenge.
With FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, and two Republican commissioners expected to vote to repeal net neutrality rules on Thursday, 37 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Pai requesting the proposal be abandoned, saying, ‘the future of the internet hangs in the balance.’ Eighty-three percent of Americans, including 3 out of 4 Republicans, disapprove the proposal.
On Friday computer networks of over 150 countries were targeted in a ransomware cyber attack called “WannaCry” that prevents access to data and systems. The attack is considered one of the biggest cybersecurity attacks in the recent history. The main victim, Britain’s healthcare system saw 48 of 248 NHS organizations disrupted by it, “the biggest ransomware attack ever.” The attack caused operations to be canceled and caused widespread disruptions in medical procedures. Many are getting notices to pay a ransom for a decryption key or risk having their files erased. A number of Chinese universities have also been under attack, leaving many unable to access their university theses.