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What is CloudFlare? [ + Discord Chat App Down for hours]

What is Discord?

Discord is a proprietary freeware instant messaging and VoIP application and digital distribution platform designed to create communities that range from gamers to education to businesses. Discord specializes in text, image, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel.

What is CloudFlare?

Cloudflare, Inc. is an American web infrastructure and website security company offering content delivery network services, DDoS mitigation, internet security and distributed domain name server services.

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Cloudflare’s services are located between the visitor to a website and the hosting provider of the Cloudflare user and act as a reverse proxy for websites. Cloudflare is headquartered in San Francisco, California with offices in Lisbon, London, Singapore, Sydney, Munich, San Jose, Champaign, Illinois, Austin, New York City and Washington, D.C.

What is CloudFlare?
CloudFlare Network Infrastructure

Cloudflare has been the subject of several controversies because it was unwilling to monitor content distributed across its network – an attitude it defended based on the principle of free speech. Cloudflare stated that it would “continue to comply with the law” and “serve all customers,” and further stated, “our real role is not that of the Internet censor.”

These controversies concerned Cloudflare’s policy of content neutrality and the subsequent use of its services by numerous controversial websites, including The Daily Stormer and 8chan, an image board that has been linked to multiple mass shootings in the United States and the shootings at the Christchurch Mosque in New Zealand.

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In 2017, Cloudflare decided to stop providing services to The Daily Stormer. In August 2019, Cloudflare stopped 8chan services after a mass shootout in El Paso, which found 8chan “refusing to moderate its hateful community.”

In 2014, Cloudflare launched an action called Project Galileo to respond to cyber attacks on vulnerable online targets such as artists, activists, journalists and human rights groups. Project Galileo offers such groups free services to protect their websites. In 2019, Cloudflare announced that 600 users and organizations are participating in the project.

CloudFlare Acquisitions

On February 2014, Cloudflare acquired StopTheHacker, which offers malware detection, automatic malware removal, and reputation and blacklist monitoring.

On December 2016, Cloudflare acquired Eager to update Cloudflare’s apps platform and enable drag-and-drop installation of third-party apps on Cloudflare-enabled websites.

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At the end of 2017, Cloudflare acquired Neumob, a mobile VPN startup. On January 7, 2020, Cloudflare acquired S2 Systems, a company that developed patented browser isolation technology. Cloudflare has implemented this technology in its Cloudflare for Teams service.

Network time services

On June 21, 2019, Cloudflare announced that users could securely sync their computer’s time with Cloudflare’s Network Time Protocol (NTP) service. Cloudflare’s time service enables users to connect to their NTP server that supports Network Time Security (NTS) so users can get time in an authenticated way.

On October 31, 2019, Cloudflare also announced that they would release their NTS implementation cfnts as open source software and invited the internet community to contribute to their future development.

Cloudflare TV

On June 8, 2020, Cloudflare announced a 24-hour live TV stream that is geared towards technology conferences and is available worldwide on the Cloudflare network.

Controversy

Cloudflare has come under multiple pressures due to its freedom of speech guidelines and refusal to discontinue technical support (such as DNS routing and DDoS mitigation) from websites like LulzSec, The Daily Stormer, and 8chan.

Some have argued that Cloudflare’s services provide access to content that spread hatred and has resulted in harm and death. However, Cloudflare as an internet infrastructure provider has a broad legal immunity to the content created by its users.

In 2011, Cloudflare offered LulzSec DoS protection to the hacker group. This attracted considerable positive media attention at the time, as Cloudflare was a young and relatively unknown company.

Discord Chat App was down for almost an hour due to cloudflare problems

The popular chat service Discord had widespread server failures today. The problems started around 5 p.m. ET and lasted almost an hour. Patreon, Deliveroo, GitLab, Zendesk, Medium and many other websites were also down, and Cloudflare recognized problems with its network affecting various apps and websites.

CloudFlare and Discord

“This afternoon we noticed a failure in some parts of our network,” a Cloudflare spokesman said in a statement to Blogtify.com. “It wasn’t the result of an attack. It appears that a router on our global backbone has announced bad routes and has resulted in some parts of the network being unavailable. “

Cloudflare quickly described its short problems shortly after the failure in a detailed and thorough blog post. The company found that it had “never had a backbone failure” and responded in less than two hours to get its service back up and running. “We apologize for disrupting our customers and all users who were unable to access Internet properties during the outage,” said John Graham-Cumming, CTO of Cloudflare.

Cloudflare Profile

Founded July 2009; 11 years ago
Founders : Matthew Prince, Lee Holloway, Michelle Zatlyn
Headquarters: San Francisco, California,U.S.
Key people: , Matthew Prince (CEO), Michelle Zatlyn (COO), John Graham-Cumming (CTO), Thomas Seifert (CFO),Chris Merritt (CRO), Joe Sullivan (CSO)
Services: Website performance
Security as a service: Revenue US$287.02 million[1] (2019)
Operating income: US$−107.95 million[1] (2019)
Net income : US$−105.83 million[1] (2019)
Website www.cloudflare.com

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