Credit: one individual
The problem is localized toUnited States, at the Vint Hill Data Center, Virginia. "Following a human error during the reconfiguration of the network on our DC at VH (US-EST), we have a concern on the whole backbone", explains Octave Klaba, chairman of the board of directors and founder of OVH. "We are going to isolate the DC VH then fix the conf". This manipulation was carried out quickly, but in the lapse of time, thousands of sites remained in error. Among them are the media, online stores, but also government sites. Thus, data.gouv.fr, demarches-simplifiees.fr or even the site of the National Assembly were inaccessible.
At the origin of this failure, a maintenance operation which should have been completely transparent for users . “In recent days, the intensity of DDoS attacks has increased dramatically. We have decided to increase our DDoS processing capacity by adding newveal infrastructures in our DC VH (US-EST) ”, explains Octave Klaba.
The faulty router has been identified and withdrawn from circulation. The function of this router is to send packets (fragments of data) over the network. Its goal is to send information as quickly as possible. It therefore compares the destination IP address with its routing table to find the most efficient path. Kind of like programming a route on a GPS.
Octave Klaba gave more details on the cause of the failure. An OVH employee actually did a bad copy and paste in the configuration terminal of this router. The butterfly effect of sorts. Problem, the founder of OVH did not keep his tweet online, which angered some internet users.