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Massive internet outage hits multiple sites

Update: (Mar. 2, 2017 12:10 PM PST)  According to a lengthy note posted by Amazon Web Services today, the disruption was caused by a wrong input on a removal command for the S3 system. In other words, a simple “typo” in the code caused the issue. This mistake caused a larger set of their S3 servers to be removed than intended and they had to go through a long restart process to bring them back online.

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Are you noticing issues with your web browsing today? Maybe websites are not loading, are slower than usual or some links are outright broken.

Well, before you blame your router or your internet service provider, you ought to know that there is a massive internet outage happening right now.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is apparently having issues with portions of its S3 storage system and is currently affecting multiple sites across the United States, particularly the ones located on the East Coast.

According to an AWS tweet earlier today, the company was experiencing “high error rates” on the S3 system.

The outage is reported to have begun at 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time (9:45 AM Pacific Time) and has brought down or at least partially affected multiple websites.

Some of the websites affected are as follows:

Airbnb, Down Detector, Freshdesk, Pinterest, SendGrid, Snapchat’s Bitmoji, Time, Buffer, Business Insider, Chef, Citrix, CNBC, Codecademy, Coursera, Cracked, Docker, Expedia, Expensify, Giphy, Heroku, Home Chef, iFixit, IFTTT,, Lonely Planet, Mailchimp, Medium, Microsoft’s HockeyApp, News Corp, Quora, Razer, Slack, Sprout Social, Travis CI, Trello, Twilio, Unbounce, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Zendesk.

We at experienced similar issues with our ad partner, PowerInbox. If you received one of our newsletters and some of the spots and links are broken, this is most certainly a direct effect of the current AWS outage.

Amazon has not specified the reason nor divulged any details concerning the cause of the S3 storage system issue but it stated in a later AWS tweet that they “believe they understand the root cause and are working hard at repairing.”

Until then we can only hope that the outage was not caused by an attack similar to the Dyn DNS server denial-of-service outage that occurred last year.


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