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Internet down: Multiple global, Australian news sites down including BBC, New York Times, SMH, Age

Several news sites went down on Tuesday night, including the New York Times, CNN, and the BBC. Australian sites have also been hit. Customers have been warned they could still experience issues after a vast swath of national and international sites crashed in unison on Tuesday night, including the New York Times, CNN, and the BBC. The Verge, Financial Times and Bloomberg also experienced outages that lasted almost an hour, while locally, The Guardian, Nine, SMH, and The Age were affected, including Channel 10 and 10play online. Users have also reported issues with 7Plus.

The outage has gone as far as sites for the White House and the UK government’s website – gov.UK.

Amazon, Reddit, Netflix, Pinterest, Twitch, PayPal, and Shopify were also affected.

It appears News Corp sites were unaffected by the outage.

Internet sleuths have suggested a “big attack,” but the outage was caused by San Francisco-based Fastly’s data center provider. Most users were receiving ‘Error 503’ messages when attempting to access the sites. While a fix has been applied, users have been warned that they may “continue to experience decreased cache hit ratio and increased origin load as global services return”.

“When huge outages like this strike the internet, they are generally traced back to some central service provider, such as AWS,” said The Verge, which was forced to communicate through Google Docs.

“In this case, it seems the cause of the problem is due to a company called Fastly, which provides CDN (content delivery network) services to many websites. The Age confirmed that tech teams for Nine publications, “including this masthead, confirmed that the issue was linked to CDN vendor Fastly.” CDNs are “graphically distanced” networks of servers, which “help minimize delays in loading web page content, by reducing the physical distance between the servers and users”, according to The Australian’s David Swan.

Those servers are located in “data centers” around the world, connected via subsea cables.

“Fastly is one of four hosting service providers that look after CDNs, Akamai, Cloudflare, and Amazon Web Services, are the other three. On its website, Fastly said: “The issue has been identified, and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return.” Sites began to return but Fastly failed to indicate what had happened in the first place.

Molly Aronson

Molly Aronson is a 26-year-old government politician who enjoys bowling, running and jigsaw puzzles. She is creative and exciting, but can also be very greedy and a bit greedy.She is an australian Christian who defines herself as straight. She has a post-graduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She is allergic to grasshoppers.

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