(Tea Party 247) – At 3pm Eastern Time on June 3rd, some of the internet’s top sites suddenly and mysteriously went offline.
“I felt a great disturbance in the farce, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.”
ZeroHedge wrote that:
At 3pmET, it appears that Google Cloud (affecting Gmail, YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, and Facebook among others) mysteriously (and almost unprecedently) went offline.
— 🅱️🅰️ (@Ba1221) May 29, 2019
— 🅱️🅰️ (@Ba1221) June 2, 2019
Google Cloud Status Dashboard:
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Google Compute Engine Incident #19003 We are experiencing a multi-region issue with Google Compute Engine
The incident began at 2019-06-02 12:25 (all times are US/Pacific).
Jun 02, 20 12:25 We are investigating an issue with Google Compute Engine. We will provide more information by Sunday, 2019-06-02 12:45 US/Pacific.
As one Google insider explained, via YCombinator:
I work on Google Cloud (but disclaimer, I’m on vacation and so not much use to you!).
We’re having what appears to be a serious networking outage. It’s disrupting everything, including unfortunately the tooling we usually use to communicate across the company about outages.
There are backup plans, of course, but I wanted to at least come here to say: you’re not crazy, nothing is lost (to those concerns downthread), but there is serious packet loss at the least. You’ll have to wait for someone actually involved in the incident to say more.
“So far, no one has blamed Russia…yet!” Zero Hedge’s Tyler Durden quips.
East Coast suffering worst of Google Cloud outage for now… pic.twitter.com/UMdIpUlZZ7
— Tim Backshall (@credittrader) June 2, 2019
— Charles (@iffycode) June 2, 2019
As noted above, the fact that these systems were down made it difficult for those trying to address the outage, well, couldn’t:
The notification gateway to advise Google that cloud is down, is also on the cloud… and is down.
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) June 2, 2019
Twitter was inconsolable, naturally.
Google Cloud’s services are down. Also why Pokemon Go is down. pic.twitter.com/I7pvghIIej
— Kevin Beaumont 🌈 (@GossiTheDog) June 2, 2019
— 𝙰𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚑 𝚃𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚒 (@arach) June 2, 2019
“Did the government just test-fire its Internet kill-switch?” Durden asked.
Here’s the thing: who has the power over these systems–the government..or the Big Tech elite techno-fascists who hold the power of the free flow of information in the modern world in the palm of their hands?
What happens when they do just flip the switch and shut down the world’s information grid? Immense power is concentrated in the hands of a very few.
Why are we allowing so many people to wield this much influence over our lives?