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An internet blackout that knocked out some of the world’s biggest websites on Tuesday was ultimately caused by a single customer updating their settings, the infrastructure provider Fastly has revealed.

A bug in Fastly’s code introduced in mid-May had lain dormant until Tuesday morning, according to Nick Rockwell, the company’s head of engineering and infrastructure. When the unnamed customer updated their settings, it triggered the flaw, which ultimately took down 85% of the company’s network.

“On May 12, we began a software deployment that introduced a bug that could be triggered by a specific customer configuration under specific circumstances,” Rockwell said. “Early June 8, a customer pushed a valid configuration change that included the specific circumstances that triggered the bug, which caused 85% of our network to return errors.

“We detected the disruption within one minute, then identified and isolated the cause, and disabled the configuration. Within 49 minutes, 95% of our network was operating as normal.”

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A senior New South Wales public servant recorded his serious concerns about a $50,000 payment to an agricultural cooperative associated with Angus Taylor’s family, after he was told the payment had been directed by the NSW deputy premier, John Barilaro, and should be disguised as a contract payment.

The payment to Monaro Farming Systems (MFS) was made after January 2021 and was the latest in more than $800,000 in grants to the group made from state and federal coffers since 2015.

MFS is a farming research cooperative that was established by Richard Taylor, who is the brother of the federal energy minister, Angus Taylor, and the brother-in-law of the NSW Nationals MP Bronwyn Taylor. Until 2019 Richard was the chair of MFS.

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