A number of websites crashed on Tuesday morning, with the affected websites displaying a message that read “Error 503 Service Unavailable”. Sites, including the sites of leading media organizations such as the Guardian, Financial Times, Independent, and New York Times, are not currently working for users. Early reports suggest it might be related to Fastly, a cloud computing provider that powers a number of large websites.
People used social media to voice their complaints about the internet crash.
One person wrote, “So who just unplugged the internet?”
Another said, “What about the big website crash? #Amazon”
Another person wrote, “All the websites that people say are no longer available work fine for me. The internet crash must hit some regions more than others. “
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Almost 21,000 Reddit users have reported problems with the social media platform, while more than 2,000 users reported not having access to Amazon.
Sergio Loureiro, Cloud Security Director at OutPost 24, said: “This global outage, which affects many well-known companies, underscores the dependency we have on cloud services and their availability.
“This has a direct impact on many companies, including Reddit, whose entire business is based on its website.”
Some websites, including the BBC, have been able to get back to work in the last few minutes by moving their network away from the Fastly network.