A few minute outage of Google on Friday caused a 40% drop in Internet usage worldwide. Google operates domain names, DNS services, search, image processing and other services that most people are not fully aware of. Google is among the most reliable services. The error that led to the outage was not an attack...something went wrong at Google!
Google is not the only service with this potential for interruption to Internet service and the so called "cloud", shedding light on the potential falsehood of claims we will no longer have personal computers, relying entirely on smaller devices like tablets, phones, glasses and even virtual reality interfaces.
The following is from NY Magazine:
"You may have missed Friday night's brief Google outage, as it took place between 7:52 and 7:57 p.m. EST, when saner people tend to have torn themselves away from their computers in order to start the weekend. Still, the one- to five-minute glitch — which affected not only the search engine, but GMail, YouTube, Google Drive, and other properties — led to a 40 percent drop in overall Internet traffic while it was taking place, according to analytics firm GoSquared. "As internet users, our reliance on google.com being up is huge," was their somewhat obvious assessment of the situation. "It's also of note that pageviews spiked shortly afterwards, as users managed to get to their destination." So, basically, people either spent the little blackout freaking out on Twitter or clicking "refresh" over and over — and no one thought to try Bing."
You can find out more from NPR's Marketplace...and The Verge.