Thousands of websites and social networking sites around the world began to appear and return to work again, today, Tuesday, after they were affected by an hour-long outage related to the American cloud computing services company Fastly.
And included the website (Downdetector.com), which monitors Internet failures, sites with high rates of visits, including Reddit, Amazon, (CNN), PayPal, Spotify and The New York Times among the broken sites. These sites returned after a pause of between a few minutes and about an hour.
Fastly, one of the world’s most used content distribution companies, said users will see an increase in downloads as global services gradually return.
“Events like this highlight the fragility of the internet and its reliance on a patchwork of technology. Ironically, this also highlights its power and the speed at which it is remedied,” said Ben Wood, senior analyst at consultancy CCS Insight.
“A malfunction like this made headlines around the world showing it was a rare event of its kind,” he added.
The UK Attorney General wrote on Twitter earlier that the main website of the British government was down, and attached to his tweet an email address for inquiries.
The Financial Times reported that the malfunction may have affected British citizens who are registering for a Covid-19 vaccine or receiving test results.
Fastly’s website showed that most of its coverage areas had experienced a “deterioration in performance” earlier.
Sites run by media organizations including the Financial Times, The Guardian and Bloomberg News have been hit by crashes.
Media organizations have come up with solutions to report the widespread outage after their sites are down.
At the beginning of the outage, nearly 21,000 users of the social networking platform Reddit reported that they had encountered problems, while more than 2,000 users reported problems with Amazon, according to Downdetector.
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