After 4 days, Gabon is getting back on the Internet (updated)

Published on by John Graham-Cumming.

On September 1, we reported that we had seen a complete shutdown of Internet access to CloudFlare sites from Gabon. This morning, Internet connectivity in Gabon appears to have been at least partially restored starting at around 0500 UTC. Some news reports indicate that Internet access has been restored in the capital but that access to social media sites is still restricted. We will continue to monitor the…

Unrest in Gabon leads to Internet shutdown (updated)

Published on by John Graham-Cumming.

A second day of rioting in Gabon after the recent election is accompanied by an Internet blackout. Residents of the capital, Libreville, reported that Internet access had been cut and we can confirm that we saw a sudden shutdown of Internet access from Gabon to sites that use CloudFlare. These three graphs show the major networks inside Gabon shutting off suddenly with a minuscule amount of traffic making…

You Can Finally Get More Page Rules For 5 For $5

Published on by Dani Grant.

Since CloudFlare launched Page Rules in 2012, our Free, Pro and Business users have been asking for a way to get more Page Rules without committing to the next plan up. Starting today, anyone on CloudFlare can add 5 additional Page Rules for just $5/month. Page Rules allows you to fine tune your site speed and to apply CloudFlare’s wide range of features to specific parts…

How the Consumer Product Safety Commission is (Inadvertently) Behind the Internet’s Largest DDoS Attacks

Published on by Matthew Prince.

The mission of the United State's Government's Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is to protect consumers from injury by products. It's ironic then that the CPSC is playing an unwitting role in most of the largest DDoS attacks seen on the Internet. To understand how, you need to understand a bit about how you launch a high volume DDoS. Logo of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Amplification DDoS…

Evenly Distributed Future

Published on by John Graham-Cumming.

Traveling back and forth between the UK and US I often find myself answering the question “What does CloudFlare do?”. That question gets posed by USCIS on arrival and I’ve honed a short and accurate answer: “CloudFlare protects web sites from hackers, makes web sites faster and ensures they work on your computer, phone or tablet.” CC BY 2.0 image by d26b73 If anyone, border agents…