A number of government, news and social media websites are back online following a major outage linked to a US-based cloud company. The company in question was called Fastly Inc, which is a content delivery network (CDN) that reported a substantial outage across its network.
Services that are provided by the CDN include speeding up loading times for websites, protection from denial-of-service cyberattacks and helping websites accommodate large bursts of traffic in order to stay online.
A number of news outlets were affected by the outage such as The Irish Times, Bloomberg News, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The New York Times. Other websites such as Amazon’s retail website, gov.uk, Spotify, Twitch and Reddit were also affected by the outage.
Users of these websites would have been faced with messages such as “Error 503 Service Unavailable” and “Connection failure”. Almost 21,000 Reddit users reported issues with the platform while over 2,000 people reported issues with Amazon.
The time span in which the websites were affected ranged from a few minutes to an hour.
According to Fastly, the issue was identified and fixed this morning at 11:44am. Despite the outages, some news outlets used alternative ways to report the current situation with tech website ‘The Verge’ taking to Google Docs to report the news while UK Technology Editor at the Guardian Alex Hern started a Twitter thread to report the outage.