- By Steve Smith
- December 23, 2021
This major disruption has affected a number of giant websites including Reddit, Amazon and Twitch.
Apart from this, other leading websites were also down including gov.uk, Financial Times, The Guardian, and the New York Times.
Websites that were not working displayed this message: “Error 503 Service Unavailable.”
Earlier reports demonstrated that it could be the result of Fastly, a cloud computing provider, which underpins a number of giant companies’ websites.
Fastly said there was an issue with its global delivery content and was looking into the problem.
In a statement, it said: “We identified a service configuration that triggered disruption across our POPs (points of presence) globally and have disabled that configuration.”
After around an hour of closedown, websites begin to restored.
Fastly cloud also known as Edge cloud is supposed to speed up loading time and protect the website from denial of service attacks and help them when traffic comes to a head.
It seems so at the moment if this shutdown was in the specific locations across Europe and the US was affected. Similar disruptions have affected Amazon web services and Huge cloud computing firms in the past.
It arises some questions on having much control of internet infrastructure in the hands of few companies, meaning if something goes beyond their will it causes mass disruption.
This major outage begins at around 11am BST and lasted for 1hr. In closedown, it also affected leading websites CNN, Streaming Sites Twitch, and Hulu. This outage also broke some parts of other services, including Twitter emojis.
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