Outage at CenturyLink data center leads to drop in global Internet traffic

A seven-hour long technical outage at a CenturyLink data center caused by a firewall software misconfiguration resulted in a 3.5 percent drop in the global Internet traffic including at Reddit, Hulu, and Amazon Web Services. The outage forced CenturyLink to take the rare step of asking all Tier 1 ISPs to de-peer from its network so that it can reset its equipment. 

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CenturyLink outage led to a 3.5% drop in global web traffic (ZDNet, Aug. 30, 2020)