Worldwide internet traffic plunged by around 40% as Google services suffered a complete black-out, according to web analytics experts.
The tech company said all of its services from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Drive went down for between one and five minutes last night.
The reason for the outage is not yet known, and Google refused to provide any further information when contacted by Sky News Online.
According to web analytics firm GoSquared, global internet traffic fell by around 40% during the black-out, reflecting Google’s massive grip on the web.
“That’s huge,” said GoSquared developer Simon Tabor. “As internet users, our reliance on Google.com being up is huge.