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Net Defender CloudFlare Goes Down, Taking Many Websites With It

Medium, Shopify, Discord were among services affected; CEO says no evidence yet it was related to a cyber attack

Gerrit De Vynck (Bloomberg) -- CloudFlare Inc., an internet service meant to protect websites from going down, faced its own network issues on Tuesday, leading to several prominent sites -- like blogging platform Medium and video game chat provider Discord -- being unavailable for some time.

CloudFlare said it was facing “network performance issues” around 9:50 a.m. in New York, just as social media users began complaining that sites around the internet weren’t working. Twenty minutes later, CloudFlare said it had made a fix and was monitoring the situation.

CloudFlare Inc., an internet service meant to protect websites from going down, faced its own network issues on Tuesday, leading to several prominent sites -- like blogging platform Medium and video game chat provider Discord -- being unavailable for some time.

CloudFlare said it was facing “network performance issues” around 9:50 a.m. in New York, just as social media users began complaining that sites around the internet weren’t working. Twenty minutes later, CloudFlare said it had made a fix and was monitoring the situation.

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