A massive blackout temporarily affected Google services such as Gmail and YouTube around the world on Monday, December 14.
A massive blackout temporarily affected Google services such as Gmail and YouTube around the world on Monday, December 14. (LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ / MAXPPP)

The entire Google galaxy has bugged. Not only the search engine itself but also Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive or even the YouTube video platform which belongs to Google. Even services outside of the web have been disrupted, if social media posts are to be believed, such as the Google Pay electronic payment service and Nest-brand connected products, which include thermostats, fire detectors and more. smart speakers.

The outage occurred around 12:50 on Monday, December 14, according to the specialist site Down Detector. It has affected many countries, including the United States, Europe, India and also South Africa. Services began to return at around 1:30 p.m., approximately 40 minutes later.

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In a statement published at the end of the day, Google confirms the assumptions made during the day, namely, a problem at the level of the authentication system “due to a problem of internal storage quota”. Internet users who were logged in with a Google ID were affected, while those who were not had normal access to services. The Google ID is like the umbilical cord that connects users to various departments within the company.

As for the exact origin of the problem, Google says tonight that it is not a cyberattack.

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