The morning of 8th June, Tuesday saw a huge Internet Outage that hit several Social Media platforms, Government websites and even news websites across the globe. According to Reuters there are some reports pointing towards a glitch at U.S.-based cloud computing services provider “Fastly”. However, Reuters could not immediately confirm the issue affecting the sites.
Fastly said it was investigating “the potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” according to its website. The Fastly website also showed that most of its coverage areas had “Degraded Performance”. According to Reuters, even Amazon Inc’s retail website also seemed to be down and Amazon was not immediately available to comment. More than 2,000 users reported problems with Amazon, according to outage monitoring website Downdetector.com.
“Reports indicate there may be a widespread outage at Fastly, which may be impacting your service”, said Down Detector, which tracks Internet Outages. Social media Platforms like Reddit were experiencing outages and nearly 21,000 Reddit users reported issues with the social media platform according to Reuters.
Britain’s Guardian newspaper said its website and app were being affected by a wider internet outage on Tuesday. Sites of some other British news media were also not immediately loading, while multiple websites operated by news outlets including the Financial Times, the New York Times and Bloomberg News appeared to be down across the globe. Government websites like the UK government’s Home page and CNN, Twitch streaming platform also showed an error message.
The Outage lasted from about a minute to an hour long and most sites reporting problems soon came back up. Fastly is a cloud based content delivery network and is widely used by several companies. “The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return.” said Fastly.