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Is Cyber Polygon responsible for the massive internet outage that brought down over 33,000 websites worldwide? | Tech News

Just last week, we wrote about Cyber Polygon after reports that western nations were prepping for a “cyber pandemic” that would shut down power and the internet. Led by The World Economic Forum (WEF) and 200 teams from 48 countries, the goal is to conduct live training exercises to “a targeted supply chain attack on a corporate ecosystem in real-time.”

Exactly one week later, a massive internet outage was reported earlier today. At the peak of the disruption, more than 33,000 websites worldwide. There were reports that the outage was due to Akamai experiencing DNS failures. However, there were also reports that the outage might be due to the Cyber Polygon exercise. Considering that the 2021 Cyber Polygon simulation about a “cyber pandemic” was completed just two weeks ago, many people are wondering if today’s outage is in any way related.

At 12:47 PM New York Time, Akamai tweeted, “We have implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations, the service is resuming normal operations. We will continue to monitor to ensure that the impact has been fully mitigated.

By 13:43 EST, most of the websites worldwide are slowly coming back online after Akamai tweeted that the ongoing outage “was not a result of a cyberattack on the Akamai platform.”

At 2:07 PM New York Time, Akamai said the outage was caused by a software configuration update that triggered a bug in the DNS system, the system that directs browsers to websites, which later caused a disruption impacting the availability of some customer websites”

“At 15:46 UTC today, a software configuration update triggered a bug in the DNS system, the system that directs browsers to websites. This caused a disruption impacting availability of some customer websites. (1/3)”

Meanwhile, dozens of major corporate websites were also affected and went offline. Some of the companies affected by the outages include PlayStation Network, Fidelity, FedEx, Steam, UPS, Airbnb, Home Depot, and Amazon, according to Downdector.

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All of the outages for the major corporate websites appear to have originated around the same time between 11:15 to 11:30 EST (New York Time). The outage also raises the suspicion that the 2020 Cyber Polygon simulation about a “cyber pandemic” was completed just two weeks ago.


Is Cyber Polygon responsible for the massive internet outage that brought down over 33,000 websites worldwide?

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