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World's Biggest Websites Taken Down Offline by a Huge Internet Outage

World's Biggest Websites Taken Down Offline by a Huge Internet Outage

Government, news, and social media websites across the globe began to come back online after an hour after being hit by a widespread outage linked to US-based cloud company Fastly. It included high traffic sites Reddit, Amazon, CNN, Paypal, Spotify, Al Jazeera Media Network, and The New York Times.

Thousands of government, news, and social media websites across the globe were coming back online on Tuesday after getting hit by a widespread hour-long outage linked to U.S.-based cloud company Fastly Inc (FSLY.N).

Multiple news outlets that were taken offline include BBC, Al Jazeera Media Network, Bloomberg News, CNN, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Verge. Other websites like Reddit, Pinterest, and Twitch were also affected by the outage. Amazon's and Target's retail websites and the U.K.'s government website — Gov.uk — were not working at some point, too.



 

 

Fastly, one of the world’s major CDNs, reported a major outage across its global network, which is believed to have caused the outage.

On its "service status" page, Fastly said that the issue was with its CDN, or content delivery network.

That is a set of servers distributed across the world that serves up the content that makes up websites, with the aim of ensuring that data is sent as quickly as possible.

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This means a set of servers distributed globally serve up the content that makes up websites, so any issues with CDNs instantly send websites offline.

"The Guardian's website and app are currently being affected by a wider internet outage and will be back as soon as possible," the outlet said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Some readers are currently unable to access nytimes.com. We are looking into it and will send an update soon," The New York Times tweeted earlier Tuesday.

"Incidents like this underline the fragility of the internet and its dependence on a patchwork of fragmented technology. Ironically, this also underlines its inherent strength and how quickly it can recover," Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight, said.

"The fact that an outage like this can grab headlines around the world shows how rare it is."

It is estimated that even an hour's worth of downtime could cost companies up to $250,000 (£176,000), and some lawyers think there could be compensation claims.

"Liability for loss of service will probably be covered by the service level agreement with customers of paid-for cloud services but the agreements will typically not cover all losses sustained," said Prof Rebecca Parry of Nottingham Law School.

Article Source: vt.co

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