Updated: Jun 9, 2021
Error 503 | 8th June 2021 | Virtual Wire
A massive internet outage caused government, media, and famous retail online websites to break down. This happened today morning, 8th June as reported by various sources.
Huge traffic sites like The Guardian, CNN, Reddit, Amazon, and the Financial Times were affected by the issue. The UK government’s official site was supposedly disrupted for a while.
@GOV.UK took to Twitter stating. “ We are aware of the issue with GOV.UK “. which means that users may not be able to access the site. This is a wider issue affecting a number of other non-government sites. We are investigating this as a matter of urgency”.
“The NHS website appears to have been hit by a glitch as reported by thousands of 25 - 29 year-olds try to book their vaccine appointments”, according to Sky News.
This seemed to be a global problem and everything came back online briefly after a few hours. The epicenter of the problem is being investigated and it's speculated to be Fastly, Inc., a content delivery network (CDN). It is a US-based cloud computing platform provider and they are used by major companies for easy content delivery to its users.
Almost 21,000 Reddit users and hundreds of other online retail customers complained of the error.
“We identified a service configuration that triggered disruptions across our POPs globally and has disabled that configuration. Our global network is coming back online”, tweeted Fastly in response to the matter.
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