News and government websites down after cloud service crashes!

San Francisco, California - The cloud platform that carries some of the world's most used websites mysteriously went down, taking with it news hubs like CNN, The New York Times, Reddit and even the United Kingdom's government websites.

Fastly has yet to release the cause of the international outage.
Fastly has yet to release the cause of the international outage.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Fastly Inc., the San Francisco based cloud service that carries some of the world's biggest websites, went down today just before 3:00 AM Pacific Time.

Though traffic volume in America was likely lower in the wee hours of the morning, Fastly also provides the servers necessary for the websites of the government of the United Kingdom, resulting in an outage right before 10:00 AM in London.

Fastly addressed the issue, promising efforts were being made to get critical systems back online, and just an hour later was able to reassure customers "The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience 'increased origin load as global services return'"

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Platforms from CNN to Twitch were offline, as were The New York Times, Reddit, and Etsy.

The widespread outage comes on the heels of cyberattacks that took down the world's largest meat processing plants and the Colonial Pipeline. Fastly has not indicated the cause of the outage..

DownDetector has indicated that the sudden interruption of global service came very unexpectedly.
DownDetector has indicated that the sudden interruption of global service came very unexpectedly.  © Screenshot/DownDetector.com

By 10 AM EST, most websites relying on Fastly were back online, but some users were still reporting issues on Down Detector, which tracks real time information on the status of pages.

Cover photo: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

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