Some of the websites affected by the outage. (Credit: DownDetector)
Hundreds of websites around the world have gone dark following a major outage at content delivery company Cloudflare.
Anyone visiting websites such as Discord, Shopify, Peloton and JustEat are met with a ‘500 Internal Server error’ message.
Cloudflare is the most popular content delivery system on the web by some margin.
Hundreds of well-known brands use it to run their websites.
Cloudflare has acknowledged the problem and said it is working on a solution.
‘The Cloudflare team is aware of the current service issues and is working to resolve as quickly as possible. Updates can be followed here,’ it stated on its official Twitter account.
Jake Moore, Global Cybersecurity Advisor at ESET Internet Security explained: ‘There seems to be a problem with Cloudflare and a fix is being implemented but in the meantime users may be frustrated with the amount of services offline.
‘It just goes to show how the majority of the internet still funnels through a small series of lines which puts major pressure on these platforms which are designed to offer protection and reliability.
‘When problems occur, havoc can erupt in cyberspace. Unfortunately, these are becoming more commonplace.
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