Major websites of foreign news outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN International, Vox and BBC went down after their cloud services provider, Fastly, suffered a crash. Websites of Amazon, UK government and Reddit also suffered the outage.
Fastly posted on its website that they have identified the glitch and fixed it. “The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return,” it said.
Most of the websites are now up and running.
UK Technology Editor at The Guardian Alex Hern tweeted: “A massive internet outage, affecting websites including The Guardian, http://Gov.uk , Amazon, and Reddit has been traced to a failure in a content delivery network (CDN) run by Fastly.”
Beginning with where we are now: A massive internet outage, affecting websites including The Guardian, https://t.co/m4BpHUT5yb, Amazon, and Reddit has been traced to a failure in a content delivery network (CDN) run by Fastly.
— alex hern (@alexhern) June 8, 2021
The sites were showing ‘503 error’ while trying to access. The ‘503 Service Unavailable’ message refers to an error response code indicating that the server is not ready to handle the request. Common causes are a server that is down for maintenance or that is overloaded.
Websites of foreign wires such as Bloomberg, Reuters, Associated Press, and even news outlets such as Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, however, didn’t suffer any outage, and were running fine.