Sunday, 18 October 2015

Hackers were not the reason you couldn't watch Netflix

After an excruciating 90-minute outage that affected all streaming platforms in the U.S. Thursday afternoon, order has been restored to the world and millions of Netflix users are happily binge-watching once again.
As for the cause of the failure, a representative for the content delivery service that powers Netflix, UltraDNS, told the New York Times that an internal server issue was to blame.
The confirmation came after many people, and even the company itself, speculated that hackers might have been behind the outage. Employees initially believed UltraDNS had been the target of a Denial of Service attack, in which a service is intentionally flooded with traffic until it becomes overloaded, but this turned out not to be the case, UltraDNS spokeswoman Lara Wyss told theTimes.
Disruptions were also reported with the websites of Expedia, Ameritrade, Uber and BBC, among others, however it has not been confirmed whether all of these incidents were related to the UltraDNS outage, AFP reported.
Although the East Coast server responsible for the outage was malfunctioning for less than two hours, that still gave people plenty of time to air their complaints on Twitter.
But on the bright side, the harrowing Netflix-less 90 minutes seemed to have served as a bonding experience for some.
That's enough social interaction for one day — now back to your regularly scheduled Netflix-ing.
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