Internet Glitch Hits Thousands of Websites

Internet Glitch Hits Thousands of Websites

Foto: Fotolia

A glitch has taken down thousands of government, news and social media websites across the globe. They were hit by a widespread hour-long outage linked to U.S.-based cloud company Fastly.

Numerous popular sites. like Reddit, Amazon, CNN, Paypal, Spotify, Al Jazeera Media Network and the New York Times went down. They came back up after outages that lasted from a few minutes to around an hour.

Fastly, one of the world's most used cloud-based content delivery network providers, reported a disruption from a service configuration without further explanation. "Our global network is coming back online," Fastly said after the incident.

The United Kingdom's attorney general tweeted that the country's main government website was down. The disruption may have caused issues for citizens booking COVID-19 vaccinations or reporting test results, the Financial Times reported.

News outlet websites, including the Financial Times, the Guardian and Bloomberg News also faced outages. News publishers came up with inventive workarounds to report about the outage when their websites failed to load up.

More from category

Huawei Opens Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center

Huawei Opens Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center

11 Jun 2021 comment

Huawei opened its largest Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan, China.

Voice Assistants Targeted by EU

Voice Assistants Targeted by EU

10 Jun 2021 comment

The European Commission warned about the growing market power of Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Gideon Brothers Raises $31 Million Series A Investment

Gideon Brothers Raises $31 Million Series A Investment

10 Jun 2021 comment

Gideon Brothers, a robotics and AI solutions company, has raised a $31 million Series A investment to accelerate the development and commercialization of its AI & 3D vision-based autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).