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Is Discord down? Cloudflare issues affecting online services worldwide

Published: 24/Jun/2019 15:17 Updated: 24/Jun/2019 14:49

by Matt Porter

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People around the world are struggling to gain access to popular chat service Discord, as the platform continues to experience issues when attempting to log in.

Discord is one of the most popular chat services in the world, marketing to gamers who use the service to communicate with friends and fellow players through both text and voice calls.

The service has also become host to a number of massively popular communities, with fans of games like Call of Duty or League of Legends able to join massive servers in which they can talk to other enthusiasts about their shared interest.

DiscordDiscord is a chat service available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices.

The service became unavailable on Monday, June 24 however, when networking company Cloudflare suffered a “possible leak” which left other sites such as Crunhyroll offline.

According to The Verge, Cloudflare stated that the leak is impacting “many internet services,” and that they are continuing to work with the network provider that created this route leak to remove it.

While Cloudflare chose not to name the network that had been causing the issue, it appears that Verizon were also struggling with their networks today, so it’s possible that the two instances were linked.

Apparently, CloudFlare’s systems were working fine, but this issue meant that traffic wasn’t “reaching us for a portion of our domains.” Cloudflare have noted that they believe the route leak has now been fixed, and services should start returning to normal operations soon.

DiscordDiscord allows players to launch their own games from inside the app.

Discord’s status site warned users that the platform had been affected by the “general internet outage,” and advised those anxious to get back online to “hang tight” and “pet your cats.”

According to the service themselves, users should all be able to reconnect now, however some people have continued to complain about the outage on Twitter. Those who are still affected should be able to log in once again in the near future.

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Police hunt for suspect after hoax hostage situation at Ubisoft Montreal

Published: 13/Nov/2020 19:45 Updated: 14/Nov/2020 0:37

by Theo Salaun

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Reports indicate that there is an ongoing hostage situation involving dozens of people at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters in the Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec. There have been no confirmed injuries.

Update (7:35 p.m. ET): Ubisoft Montreal have released a statement regarding the hostage situation. “We are extremely relieved this was resolved without incident and we’d like to thank you all for your support and kind words.”

No injuries were reported at the offices. Montreal Police are launching a full investigation into the call.

Update (5:04 p.m. ET): All of the Ubisoft Montreal’s building occupants are being safely evacuated by Montreal’s police force and the police have joined local news in suggesting that the situation was, in fact, a hoax perpetrated by a call within the Ubisoft headquarters. No suspect has been identified or apprehended at this point, but the SPVM are actively investigating.

Update (4:04 p.m. ET): While local news outlets are reporting that the hostage situation was a hoax, Montreal’s police force have indeed confirmed that there appears to be no active threat and that the building’s occupants are being evacuated.

Update (3:33 p.m. ET): Little is known about the police force’s ongoing activity in attempts to enter the building, but CTV News reports that Ubisoft’s employees have been told, via company memo, to “hide in an area that locks and to keep quiet.”

Update (3:00 p.m. ET): Heavily armed Montreal police tactical units are approaching the building and preparing to make entry. Dozens of employees remain on roof and no injuries or negotiations with the suspects have been reported thus far.

Update (November 13, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. ET): Police appear to have barricaded off the daycare at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters, at least 50 employees have barricaded themselves atop the building’s roof, and tactical police units have blocked off surrounding streets and appear to be preparing to make entry. Current reports indicate that there have been no injuries thus far, according to local news on the scene.

With numerous reports and tweets from local news and Ubisoft Montreal employees, respectively, it appears that a hostage situation is unfolding at the company’s headquarters but that all employees are safe. 

In the afternoon, it was reported by Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles that dozens of hostages were being held at Ubisoft Montreal’s building on Saint Laurent Boulevard. This ongoing situation was echoed by Montreal’s police department, who put out public announcements to avoid the area due to the police’s efforts there.

Shortly after, numerous employees, including Programming Project Lead Gavin Young and a Production Marketer for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, tweeted that they were indeed safe and sound despite what was happening in the building.

Although ‘Valskuiken’ tweeted that they would be going home, it appears that a large conglomerate of employees have made their ways to the building’s roof and have barricaded themselves up there by blocking off the door to the exterior.

Further, reports from TVA Nouvelles indicate that a ransom request has been made by the suspects, but it is unclear what has come of it as police continue to operate in the vicinity.

At present, it appears that numerous employees are safe but it is unclear what is precisely happening with the situation given the multi-floor building’s space and large occupancy. At least 50 employees have made it to the roof, wherereports show they are holding up safely. However, in anticipation of the police force making entry into the building, it seems that ambulances and a tactical police force are arriving to the scene.

As reports indicate, the tactical forces approaching the building include numerous police officers, tactical police units, and heavier vehicles. There have been no indications of injuries thus far, so it appears that the ambulances are predominantly a precautionary measure.

We will be continuing to update this page with updates as they come in and as the Montreal police force and local news provide information to the public about the current circumstances.