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Internet Goes Down for Parts of the US Due to a Misconfiguration

Monday saw a nationwide series of outages due to a misconfiguration at Level 3, an internet backbone company. Lily Hay Newman reporting in Wired: "Network analysts say that the misconfiguration was a routing issue that created a ripple effect, causing problems for companies like Comcast, Spectrum, Verizon, Cox, and RCN across the country. ... The misconfiguration was a 'route leak,' according to Roland Dobbins, a principal engineer at the DDoS and network-security firm Arbor Networks, which monitors global internet operations."

Update Nov 7, 2017: Doug Madory, Director of Internet Analysis at Dyn, provides additional update and analysis on the incident. "At 17:47:05 UTC yesterday (6 November 2017), Level 3 (AS3356) began globally announcing thousands of BGP routes that had been learned from customers and peers and that were intended to stay internal to Level 3.  By doing so, internet traffic to large eyeball networks like Comcast and Bell Canada, as well as major content providers like Netflix, was mistakenly sent through Level 3’s misconfigured routers.  Traffic engineering is a delicate process, so sending a large amount of traffic down an unexpected path is a recipe for service degradation.  Unfortunately, many of these leaked routes stayed in circulation until 19:24 UTC leading to over 90 minutes of problems on the internet."

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