An overloaded server at Michigan web hosting company Noozhawk took the site offline for nearly two hours on Saturday night.
During the outage, readers attempting to access Noozhawk instead encountered an “Error 524” message from Cloudflare, which provides online security for the company. The message is typically displayed when a server is experiencing more traffic than expected or is down for maintenance.
In Noozhawk’s case, it was an overloaded server in one of the data centers operated by Nexcess, a managed hosting company based in Southfield, Michigan.
After discovering that the site was heavily affected by a Facebook crawler, Nexcess technicians isolated the program and put Noozhawk back online via its redundant servers just before 8 p.m.
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