Internet: what we know about the failure of several large sites

An Internet blackout this Tuesday morning paralyzed many websites, which were temporarily not accessible.

What is it about ?

Several websites around the world were not accessible on Tuesday morning. The sites displayed messages such as “Error 503 Service Unavailable” or “Connection Failure”. The curves of the site Downdetector reports peaked as early as 11 a.m.

Who was affected?

This worldwide blackout affected connections to websites and online services like Twitch, Amazon or PayPal. Among the many sites affected, there are also those of major media such as the New York Times, Le Monde, the BBC, the Guardian, the Financial Times… The site of the British government, which includes the ministries and makes it possible to carry out numerous procedures related to British public services, was not accessible either, and that of the White House referred to the message “This page is not working”. At around 1 p.m., the connection began to be reestablished for some of the sites.

Where does the problem come from ?

This is a technical bug at Fastly, an American content delivery network (CDN) company responsible for reducing the load time of content on web pages. Widely used by web giants, the New York-based company explained that it “identified the configuration of the service that triggered disruptions in our Internet access points (POPs) around the world and have disabled this configuration.” “Our global network is coming back online,” the listed company said.

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