Salesforce outage hits after data leak

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Salesforce outage hits after data leak

Salesforce's North American and European customers endured a 15-hour outage over the weekend.

The trouble started early on May 18th Australian time, when the firm told customers it was experiencing a “major issue with its service” and wasattempting to resolve it as quickly as possible.

At the time the firm's status page said the incident came about after "The Salesforce Technology team blocked access to certain instances that contain customers affected by a database script deployment that inadvertently gave users broader data access than intended."

"To protect our customers, we blocked access to all instances that contain affected customers until we could block access to orgs with the inadvertent permissions," the status page said.

"As a result, customers who were not affected may also experienced service disruption."

The outage was especially harsh on past or present Pardot users, who were all-but-frozen-outof their orgs. "

Salesforce execs took to social media to apologise. Here's one from co-founder and CTO Parker Harris.

"It appears to be massive," one channel partner told CRN anonymously. "Many of my Salesforce connections have reached out about and have been impacted in one way or another.”

Salesforce said it is working in parallel to restore the original permissions as quickly as possible. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CRN.

Salesforce users took to Twitter to complain about the outage.

Salesforce's incident report says the service disruption lasted  15 hours and eight minutes. At the time of writing, 6PM May 19th Sydney time, the company advised "We have restored administrators' access to all affected orgs and have prepared a set of instructions for admins that may need guidance on how to manually restore user permissions."

Additional reporting from Joseph Tsidulko

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