Wikipedia's outage caused by accidentally cut data cables

Wikipedia was down yesterday, and whilst it was understood that a technical problem occurred with the service, the specifics weren’t known until now.

The outage was caused by a bunch of accidently cut cables in a data center in Florida, which rendered the site inaccessible and slow due to the physical damage. Wikipedia itself wasn’t the only network to suffer, as part of the Wikimedia network was cut off too.

The site was not maliciously attacked or hacked, and everything was up and running pretty quickly. Initially, the network’s sites were running with no or very little CSS, but today the service seems to have been completely restored.

Source: BBC

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11 Comments

hotosega said,
People were going berserk on Twitter yesterday they thought that Wikipedia was hacked by Anonymous

awwww well they can all calm down now that they have the full story on what happened.

hotosega said,
People were going berserk on Twitter yesterday they thought that Wikipedia was hacked by Anonymous

Well, "technically" they did get "hacked". Line hacked that is.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
They were supposed to cut the red wire, not the blue one!

Being a data centre, I doubt they'd be using the standard blue colour, I would imagine they confirm to a specific colour scheme - especially for servers.

sigh, happends all the time everywhere. KPN is certainly pro at 'accidently' cutting internet wires. Or just 'accidently' pulling them out, or 'accidently' forgotting them.. etc.etc.
All normal on a daily basis here in NL that parts of the country, world or datacenters are renderd inaccessable.

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