Google down outage not because of cyber attack

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From the early hours of Monday, i.e. December 14th,2020 many of the uses using Google’s online services experienced a downtime for almost two hours. And as soon as the services of the web search giant went down, people searched is “Google down” or for any Google Outage.

Reacting to such queries, the internet juggernaut issued an update late yesterday urging its Gmail and YouTube users not to panic and cleared the air that the downtime was not because of any cyber attack launched by a US adversary.

A spokesperson later issued a clarification that the early morning global meltdown was due to an internal storage issue that left millions of users left with no clue on what was happening at the data centers of Google- just after a massive digital outage hit Facebook on Thursday last week.

Jesse Marshal, who commutes daily between two suburbs in California for some job commitments, uses Google Maps for all her transit queries. But since the service was down for more than an hour, she could not reach her destination on time, earning her a loss of $1200 for the delayed time.

Reports are in that the downtime of Google started in Europe at 11:45am GST and Google immediately issued an update over it. But soon many users from Australia, Asia, South America and Africa along with United States experienced some access glitches while accessing Gmail and that lasted for a couple of hours to some.

Pretty soon a discussion started on Reddit stating that the tech giant was hit by a cyber attack. But confirmed sources say that the services were down because of a technical issue and had nothing to do with any state funded cyber attack that took place on FireEye last week through a server update from SolarWinds software.

Note 1- Due to the YouTube Outage, an online shopping website ‘lovethesales’ claims that it lost a revenue of £ 2.106 million during the 38 minutes outage.

Note 2- YouTube. Google search, Gmail, Google Drive, Discord, Google Play Store, Pokeman Go, Google Meet, Google Maps, Google Duo, Google Home and Nest remained inaccessible for some till afternoon hours yesterday.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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