Thousands of websites, including the world’s largest news site, streaming service, online retailer, and even the UK government, went offline for almost an hour on Tuesday morning, disrupting millions of Internet users.
The nearly an hour-long connectivity issue seems to be affecting news sites such as the BBC, The New York Times, FT.com, streaming service Spotify, Twitch, Hulu, HBO Max, payment service Stripe, and message board Reddit. is. Together, these online services reach hundreds of millions of people every day.
The interruption of the UK website network gov.uk may have caused problems in booking Covid-19 vaccines and reporting test results.
A Silicon Valley-based Internet infrastructure provider called Fastly is believed to be behind the outage. Fastly did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
Fastly operates a content distribution network designed to reduce load times for large files such as web pages and music and videos. Other large CDN providers include Cloudflare, Akamai, and Limelight.
CDNs reduce the burden on the “backbone” of the Internet by storing corporate customer data on servers around the world and bringing content closer to consumers’ smartphones and PCs.
Fastly Online status page Started reporting issues with the CDN service at 09.58 UTC.
Approximately 45 minutes later, the message “The problem has been identified and the fix has been implemented” is displayed.
Fastly’s website lists customers with several well-known media groups, as well as e-commerce platforms Shopify and Stripe, as well as retailers such as Wayfair, Boots, Dunelm, Ticketmaster, and Deliveroo.
Stripe said in a tweet on the status page: “We are currently investigating an issue where dashboards and support sites fail to load. We will post an update in the near future.”
Listed on the New York Stock Exchange and with a market capitalization of just under $ 6 billion, Fastly’s share price fell about 2% in pre-market trading on Tuesday. The 10-year-old company is headquartered in San Francisco.
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