Major internet outage brings down top websites – here’s why they were down Internet outage

Huge swathes of the internet were taken offline earlier today following a serious outage at one of the most important internet service supporting companies.

Issues at Fastly knocked sites including Reddit, eBay, Amazon, Twitch and Gov.uk offline for users across the world.

Fastly is one of the world’s leading content delivery network (CDN) providers – essentially forming the backbone of the internet for many of the world’s top sites – including TechRadar.

Major outage

Among the sites that saw issues or outages were:

  • TechRadar
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Reddit
  • BBC
  • Etsy
  • PayPal
  • Vimeo
  • Square
  • Squarespace
  • Giphy

Fastly first raised the alarm at 09:58 UTC, noting, “We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services.”

The company has posted several updates on its status page since, but has no concrete information on what the issue is, what caused it, or when it will be fixed.

The outage appears to be affecting websites across the globe, with issues reported in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

This is a developing story, and we’ll add more detail when we have it….

Source: TechRadar

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