Anyone having internet problems today?

Earlier today, on and off, I had some real problems with use of the internet.  Some sites wouldn’t load, and others would.  I had particular problems with loading anything from a Google search.

Did you have this experience?  Did something happen out there?

BTW: I heard that a trans-Atlantic cable was severed some weeks ago and repaired.

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  1. basenji says:

    Things aren’t looking as well as they usually do:

    And I realize that patience is a virtue, but going back to dial-up is a mortification that I am not strong enough to bear :/

  2. Rose in NE says:

    Yes, I had trouble w/Google today as well.

  3. I’m having problems right now with gmail.

  4. RichardT says:

    It seems fine on this side of the Pond.

  5. Supertradmum says:

    Yes, many Internet problems today for about eight hours. I began to think conspiratorial thoughts…

  6. momoften says:

    Yes, it has been sporadic…it took me 5 minutes to get on tonight, and a few times earlier today…not sure what to think…..

  7. kab63 says:

    How interesting. Didn’t realize I was part of a national trend. Our internet was out briefly, and the whole house power stopped. When it’s summer in Vegas and you hear the a/c suddenly shut down you get a little freaked. Heh.

  8. Craig says:

    I usually hit about 2 or 3 different Internet connections a day (work, home, library, coffee shop, etc).

    Noticed a bit of wonkiness the past 24 hours…but

    Take a look at the above mentioned site…specifically the GLOBAL charts the past 7 days…

    It shows that packet loss and response time increasing 2-3 times normal. That is enormous. I’ve been buried with my nose into a project the past week so haven’t followed much tech news, but that is definitely newsworthy.

  9. Craig says:

    FYI… @supertradum

    I used to be a network engineer and stuff like this was very often…

    a. fundamental problems with the internet backbone (e.g. issues with the root DNS servers, or some wonky routing amongst tier-1 networks)
    b. coordinated zombie bot attacks…possibly aimed at the root DNS servers or key backbone routers…and ultimately for various purposes (fun, profit through blackmail, etc.)
    c. geo-political. Usually arising from Russia, North Korea, China or Eastern Europe.

    I remember the day the CODERED worm hit back in 2001. That one opened up a lot of eyes. Origin – China.

  10. Craig says:

    OK…it’s late and I’m off to bed…this topic will have to wait until tomorrow…

    but for those interested…

    check out this site…

    Put a mark in the ‘attack’ box to see web attack activity across the internet. According to that chart, network attacks are up 30% above normal (although I don’t know if that’s for a 24-hour period).

    ‘St. Michael, Defend Us In Battle’

  11. BMKoenig says:

    Another useful website for determining outages:

  12. Panterina says:

    Funny you should mention this, Father. We had problems this morning in our company on both sides of the Atlantic at about 10:15 AM EDT. The outage lasted for quite a while.

  13. Prof. Basto says:

    I had no interet problems either at home or at work, but my iphone’s the data network was off all day long.

    I phoned the carrier to complain and was told that it wasn’t a problem with my line only, it was a generalized problem.

  14. Faith says:

    Instead of google why aren’t you using This site generates money for pro-life causes.

  15. irishgirl says:

    Yes, I had problems with Google and Gmail yesterday.

    I’m doing an article for a man in Connecticut who has a blog called ‘Mystics of the Catholic Church’. I tried to email him the first part of the article from my laptop, and it didn’t take! In fact, the server for Gmail said that ‘the address did not exist’! I thought, ‘Waddya mean, ‘not exist’? I’ve been sending short messages to the guy, and I always got a response!’

    Technology…either you love it or you hate it!


  16. irishgirl says:

    I might add, my ‘Safari’ system on my laptop wasn’t working lately too. I would see, ‘You are not connected to the Internet’ on my screen.

    Luckily I have a backup with Firefox….sheesh….

    Now Safari is working again….for how long, who knows!

  17. Miriam says:

    I have daily problems with the internet because I have DSL with ATT. You don’t get what they promised when you signed up.

    At my store my DSL doesn’t seem to have a problem.

  18. The Gmail phone rollout probably didn’t help matters, but it probably isn’t just that.

  19. I didn’t have any trouble, but I have noticed consistent problems with attempting to send an email. I always get a message like “server refused the connection”. Quite frustrating.

  20. chironomo says:

    WDTPRS wouldn’t load for me yesterday…just got the Blue Circle of Death.

  21. JohnE says:

    I suspect Google Voice as well. I’m trying it out today; I suspect a flood of others probably did too.

  22. GirlCanChant says:

    Is anyone else having trouble viewing/hearing z-cam today? It says it’s on air and people are viewing it, but my screen is black.

  23. pappy says:


    Duke Research Experiment Disrupts Internet Traffic

    “It was kicked off when RIPE NCC (Reseaux IP Europeens Network Coordination Centre) and Duke ran an experiment that involved the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) — used by routers to know where to send their traffic on the Internet. RIPE started announcing BGP routes that were configured a little differently from normal because they used an experimental data format. RIPE’s data was soon passed from router to router on the Internet, and within minutes it became clear that this was causing problems. … [f]or a brief period Friday morning, about 1 percent of all the Internet’s traffic was affected by the snafu, as routers could not properly process the BGP routes they were being sent.”

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