A major internet outage crashed some of the world’s most popular websites on Tuesday morning.
The UK Government website Gov.uk and Amazon have gone down, while a host of major news websites – including The Guardian, New York Times, Independent, Financial Times, CNN, Buzzfeed and French newspaper Le Monde – also have error notices online.
The data centre provider Fastly admitted it was facing issues just before 11am British time, with many websites linked to the organisation showing an ‘error 503’ message.
Fastly wrote on its website: ‘This incident affects: Europe (Amsterdam (AMS), Dublin (DUB), Frankfurt (FRA), Frankfurt (HHN), London (LCY)), North America (Ashburn (BWI), Ashburn (DCA), Ashburn (IAD), Ashburn (WDC), Atlanta (FTY), Atlanta (PDK), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DAL), Los Angeles (LAX)), and Asia/Pacific (Hong Kong (HKG), Tokyo (HND), Tokyo (TYO), Singapore (QPG)).’
At 10.58am British time it said it was ‘currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services’, adding later that it was still investigating the issue.
Reddit, Twitch, Etsy and Spotify users were reporting problems on Tuesday, while Twitter emojis are also affected.
Metro.co.uk, which appears to be unaffected, is currently compiling a full list of impacted websites.
The NHS website was still working earlier, with over 25s now eligible to book coronavirus vaccines.
The Guardian tweeted: ‘The Guardian’s website and app are currently being
affected by a wider internet outage and will be back as soon as possible’.
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