A massive outage prevented Internet users from accessing many websites on June 8 around noon. Several large platforms like Amazon, but also the streaming service Twitch (subsidiary of Amazon) or the Reddit forum were inaccessible. In France, the La Redoute site was also out of service.
Multiple media sites were affected: the New York Times (United States), the Financial Times (United Kingdom), but also the BBC and Le Monde, in France. These sites displayed a “503 error”, usually related to down or overloaded servers.
The Fastly company at the origin of the failure
The social network Twitter was also concerned, especially in the loading of images, as was the PayPal payments service.
According to several specialists, these difficulties appear to be linked to the American company Fastly, whose content distribution networks are affected by a major blackout.
These services, which are designed to replicate data around the world to speed up the loading of websites, have been inaccessible since 11:58 a.m. KST, according to the company’s website.
According to checks at 12:30 p.m., most of the sites listed as customers of Fastly’s services (including the companies mentioned above, but also Deliveroo, Kayak, Kickstarter or Yelp) were experiencing technical difficulties.
At 12:44, the Fastly site announced that it had identified the problem and was in the process of correcting it. Around 12:55 p.m. most of the affected sites were accessible again.
- @ June 8, 2021 12:36 pm