Major websites including Amazon, The Guardian, Reddit and CNN crash worldwide

On June 8, 2021, major websites like Amazon, Reddit, CNN, The Guardian, etc saw a crash worldwide. Some UK government websites are also among the ones experiencing websites crash. According to Tech Crunch, a major crash like this happens when a vital internet infrastructure service faces an issue.  According to an official of The Financial Times, the apparent reason behind this can be a glitch at Fastly, a CDN provider.

Many websites are currently displaying a ‘503 error’ message and will not load. Others are having problems loading and displaying images or are running extremely slow. Fastly wrote on its website that in Europe, the incident affects the following cities: Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt and London.

In the US, Ashburn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles have connection issues. Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore are affected in Asia. At 10.58am UK time it said it was ‘currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services’, adding later that it was still investigating the issue.

The following is the list of websites crash affected worldwide.

  • AFR
  • Age
  • Amazon
  • Boots
  • BuzzFeed
  • CNN
  • Deliveroo
  • Etsy
  • Financial Times
  • Giphy
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • IGN
  • Imgur
  • Independent
  • Kickstarter
  • Le Monde
  • New York Times
  • PayPal
  • Pinterest
  • Reddit
  • SMH
  • Spotify
  • The Guardian
  • The Verge
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
  • UK Government website
  • Vimeo
  • Weightwatchers

A 503 error is a computer’s way of saying the online destination you want to visit isn’t available at the moment. The 503 error occurs when that connection is blocked, either because the server is down for maintenance or because there’s an unscheduled error. It can also be that the server has simply been overloaded with too much traffic.

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