By CCN: Around 3:25 pm ET, a massive chunk of the internet went dark. Google Cloud appears to be the source of the problems. This has led to outages for YouTube, Discord, Google Photos, Search, News, Analytics, Gmail, and various other services. It’s not just Google’s own applications either. Snapchat, among other services hosted by Google, is also experiencing difficulties.
The Verge reported that the problems are mostly located on the US East Coast. However, Twitter users have reported outages ranging from Europe to Brazil. Google has acknowledged that there is a problem with the Google Cloud Platform and is working on it:
At the time of this writing, it’s unclear if Google is suffering from routine problems or something more serious. Given all the cybersecurity news and threats recently, some folks in the tin-foil hat crowd are suggesting that Huawei or another Chinese entity may be mounting a cyber attack as the trade war heats up.
Additionally, more than a few people have noted the suspicious timing of Google’s outage. Remember that on Friday, news broke that the Department of Justice is planning antitrust enforcement action against the company.
Google’s outage is another reminder that we run a great risk in centralizing so much of our data on just a few cloud platforms. If anything knocks them offline, we face increasingly dire consequences. Sure, it’s inconvenient to have Gmail or Youtube down for awhile. But there’s a darker side to this. For example, Nest, which is responsible for connected homes, is down.
People rely on Nest to do everything from managing their security cameras to watching their children when they are away from home. It’s frightening that an outage at Google, be it an ordinary error or an alarming cyber attack, can take these vital services down.
As Zerohedge noted, however, there are no worries if you own Google stock. The most important Google service is – surprise, surprise – still running fine:
Last modified: January 26, 2021 2:52 PM