Google's slow service was caused by a traffic jam and not a DDoS attack

News by Dan Raywood

Google has apologised after it suffered a huge traffic jam that left millions of users unable to access the site yesterday afternoon.

Google has apologised after it suffered a huge traffic jam that left millions of users unable to access the site yesterday afternoon.

It claimed that an error in one of its systems led it to direct some of its web traffic through Asia, which created a traffic jam and saw around 14 per cent of its global users experiencing slow services or even interruptions.


This caused some UK users to be unable to access the site at the end of the working day, when the site was unavailable from around 3.48pm.

We've been working hard to make our services ultra fast and ‘always on', so it's especially embarrassing when a glitch like this one happens. We're very sorry that it happened, and you can be sure that we'll be working even harder to make sure that a similar problem won't happen again.” 


However users of micro-blogging site Twitter were quick to launch conspiracy theories of a DDoS or worm attack. Writing in a blog on the Computer World website, Stephen J. Vaughan-Nichols, said: “According to the Internet Health Report, there's no significant overall network trouble among the major network operating centres.


“This leads me to conjecture that what's happening is a massive DDoS attack. Based on the size of the attack that would be needed to interfere with Google, I believe that it's quite likely to be the result of an attack from the controllers of the Windows worm, Conficker.”


Arbor Networks chief scientist Craig Labovitz, said: “Websites go down. Circuits fail. Network engineers goof router configurations. And few of these outages ever make the nightly news. But if you happen to be Google and your content constitutes up to five per cent of all internet traffic, people notice. Network engineers around the world frantically email trace routes to mailing lists. IRC channels fill with speculation and end users Twitter.”


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