It was another exciting morning around the Internet. Seems that CenturyLink(Level 3) had a meltdown that caused all sorts of issues for ~ 5 hours this morning starting around 6:04AM EDT and lasting until around 11:12AM EDT.
It started as it always does with reports of DNS issues, then CDN issues (Cloudflare) and eventually CenturyLink was identified as the culprit, or to be more precise any packets traversing the CenturyLink (Level3) network.
Thankfully Reddit was a great community resource and reports quickly started rolling in on these two threads;
For reasons that still aren’t 100% clear the moderators for r/networking decided to delete the first thread. So the refugees from r/networking went to r/sysadmin to escape the persecution only to have the moderators of r/networking admit their mistake sometime later and un-delete the post.
I’ll admit I was floored when I found the original thread was deleted. There were hundreds of us struggling to source what was actually going on and trying to understand how we could mitigate the impact to our employers and some moderator deletes the thread?!? @$%#
The refugees eventually made their feelings known in a thread titled, META: I guess major news-worthy outages are off topic here?