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Massive Internet outage shuts down news and government websites

Dozens of US and European websites became inaccessible at the beginning of Tuesday, and at least one Internet outage tracker reported widespread confusion.

We were unable to access the UK Government’s major public service portals or sites containing several major US and European news outlets. Internet service tracker DownDetector reported a surge in service outages after 6 am EST.

Social media users have described widespread outages in multiple regions.

Fastly reported a service issue on Tuesday morning when an operator of a content delivery network service, which many websites use to speed up the loading of web pages for users. On its online status page, the company is currently investigating the potential impact on the performance of our CDN service.

At 6:44 EST, the Fastly status page indicated that the company identified a service issue and implemented a fix.

Most of the websites that went down displayed a simple error message “Error 503 service not available” in plain text and other code.

Shortly before 7am, many of the affected websites began to come back online for at least some users.

Fastly CEO Joshua Bixby said the company is investigating the issue but has nothing to do with the attack.

“We’re fixing it when we’re talking,” he said. He declined to comment on whether Fastly’s service issues were directly related to the large number of websites going down, but said the company would provide the latest information.

Shortly before 7am EST, the Fastly status page was updated to apply the fix and tell customers to expect global services to recover.

Write to Sam Chefner sam.schechner@wsj.com And Palmy Olson parmy.olson@wsj.com

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Massive Internet outage shuts down news and government websites

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