The Google search engine was down for up to an hour
Google suffered a temporary fault yesterday which left tens of thousands of internet users without access to the web search engine. The technical problem brought down the company’s homepage and had a knock effect on Google-owned sites such as YouTube and some websites using Google ad servers.
People around the world reported a slowdown, with a deluge of users posting messages on Twitter saying they were unable to get on to the site.
One enraged Twitterer wrote: ‘The internet dies without Google. Can’t get to my bank website because it’s waiting on google-analytics.com.’
Similar problems were reported on other Google services, including Google News and Gmail, the company’s e-mail service.
According to the US-based company, the fault lasted around an hour.
Google explained: ‘An error caused us to direct some of our web traffic through Asia, which created a traffic jam.
‘As a result, about 14 per cent of our users experienced slow services or even interruptions.
‘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. All planes are back on schedule now.’
Last week, hackers temporarily seized control of the domain name for Google Morocco. The group, calling itself PAKbugs, then posted graffiti on the site.
TechCrunch reported they found a way into the system which forwards visitor’s requests to Google, before targeting the Google domain name.
Google is both admired and criticised by web users – praised for its innovation and free services, but criticised for holding on to users’ data and occasional service failures.
Its launch of the recent Streetview website – which allows users to see street-level photos of major cities – was lauded as a technical innovation but met with privacy concerns.
The Gmail service went down for more than two hours in February, striking a blow to Google’s attempts to attract businesses to the service.
Rupert Murdoch, owner of News International, has also criticised Google News for ‘stealing’ news content.
Via Daily Mail