/ 11 June 2021

Updates on some recent global shutdowns

One customer unleashed the bug that caused major websites to go offline earlier this week, Fastly said yesterday. The bug was dormant in the content delivery network’s code since mid-May, but it wasn’t until the customer in question updated their settings that it let rip, causing a shutdown that affected governments, streamers and news outlets worldwide. The company handles 10% of the world’s internet traffic, so the outage has raised issues about the concentration of critical internet infrastructure. Meanwhile, the world’s biggest meat processor JBS Foods said it paid a $14.2 million ransom to Russian hackers to stop the cyber attack which halted its global operations, including in Australia, for 5 days. While officials warn paying ransoms sets a “dangerous precedent”, JBS boss Andre Nogueira said it was a “very difficult decision” to make, but it was done to protect its customers.

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