Global hosting outage crashes UK govt website and media sites & apps like FT, NYT, Guardian


503 Service Unavailable server error | Flickr


Text Size:

London: Several major websites across the world, including the UK government’s Gov.Uk website, crashed for some time on Tuesday due to an outage at global website hosting service Fastly.

The affected sites, which included media organisations Financial Times’ and Guardian’ among others, displayed a message saying “503 Service Unavailable”.

San Francisco-based Fastly, a global online content delivery network (CDN), reported an outage across its network affecting the sites which use its platform.

The firm said there were issues with its global content delivery network (CDN) and was implementing a fix.

In a statement, Fastly said: “We identified a service configuration that triggered disruption across our POPs (points of presence) globally and have disabled that configuration.

“Our global network is coming back online.”

Fastly runs what is known as an “edge cloud”, which is designed to speed up loading times for websites, as well as protect them from denial-of-service attacks and help them when traffic is peaking.

According to the BBC, the outage related problems seem localised, affecting specific locations across Europe and the US.

Media websites like CNN and the New York Times were also hit.

Fastly supports news sites and apps like CNN, the Guardian, the New York Times and many others. It also provides content delivery for Twitch, Pinterest, HBO Max, Hulu, Reddit, Spotify and other services.

Similar problems have affected Amazon Web Services, another huge cloud computing firm, in the past. –PTI


Also read: Viral photo of crocodile with headline ‘India’s PM cried’ is not from NYT, but satire website


 

Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it

India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises.

But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle.

ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here.

Support Our Journalism