Virgin Media responds to an issue that caused high-profile sites to be inaccessible

Last week we reported that, for a second time, Imgur and other high-profile websites were inaccessible on Virgin Media's fibre optic broadband service. Customers took to the firm's community forums to voice their anger at the service fault for a second time, a year after the last incident.

At the time, Virgin Media didn't release any statement explaining the issue or what they weredoing to rectify the issue or to prevent the issue from occurring for a third time. All that was sent officially was a tweet by its support team confirming that it was aware of the issue and that it was not an intentional block:

We reached out to the company, asking it to explain what was behind the issue and any plans it is putting in place to prevent this issue from happening again. A spokeswoman for the firm said that:

We are still investigating this, however I can confirm that some customers were unable to access Imgur for a limited time for what we understand was a technical fault. This has now been resolved but we are waiting for further information from the team that handled this over the weekend.

After they had finished gathering the data on the issue, the spokeswoman followed up with us:

We have looked into the cause of the issue and have identified that it was due to network changes that were made. Due to the volume of traffic to Imgur this website is often heavily referenced during network faults or outages, but there has been no occurrence where the whole of Imgur has been purposely blocked.

The statement confirms that there was no intentional block of Imgur or other sites, like had been rumored. It further confirmed the cause of the issue, albeit limited in detail, to being a change on the network, which prevented access to several services including Imgur, PostImage and XVIDEOS. Some customers who decided to analyzse the issue came to the conclusion that this was a routing issue.

Access to all the services affected was restored at 4:05PM BST on 21st May 2016. Reports of the issue dated back 3 days.

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