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Hundreds of websites CRASH after global internet outage

Hundreds of websites CRASH after global internet outage – with Australian media outlets, Amazon, Reddit, Twitch and Spotify all affected

  • Websites including various news sites around the world have all crashed 
  • Sites such as The Age and The Guardian returned an ‘error’ message on Tuesday
  • Other sites such as Spotify, Twitch, Reddit and Amazon are also affected 

The news websites of some of Australia’s major media outlets have crashed.

On Tuesday night the outages affected The Age and The Guardian, which were returning an ‘Error 503 service unavailable’ message.

The Sydney Morning Herald site appeared to have frozen, while the British Broadcasting Corporation site was also down.

‘The Guardian’s website and app are currently being affected by a wider internet outage and will be back as soon as possible,’ the news site posted on twitter.

Millions of users across the globe have reported problems trying to access web pages, with Netflix, Twitch, Pinterest, Spotify and Amazon all down

The ABC also reports that some Australian government websites are affected.

Outages were experienced overseas also, impacting sites including the New York Times and Financial Times and CNN.

Millions of users across the globe have also reported problems trying to access web pages, with Netflix, Reddit, Twitch, Pinterest, Spotify and Amazon all down. 

The outage tracker site DownDetector has picked up a number of issues affecting websites including Reddit, Twitch, PayPal, Amazon and Etsy (pictured)

The outage tracker site DownDetector has picked up a number of issues affecting websites including Reddit, Twitch, PayPal, Amazon and Etsy (pictured)

While the reason for the crash remains unclear, it is likely the issue is with Fastly – a San Francisco-based content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. 

Fastly’s technology requires it to sit between its clients and their users, meaning that if the service suffers a failure, it can prevent those companies from operating on the net at all.  

The company reported they had identified the issue at around 8.45pm AEST and were working to resolve it. 

Users took to social media to vent their frustrations about the outage.

One called it an ‘internet apocalypse’, while another said ‘everything just shut out of nowhere’.

Another tweeted that the internet was ‘broken’.

The outage saw visitors to a vast array of sites receive error messages including ‘Error 503 Service Unavailable’ and ‘connection failure.’ 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk