At around 20h last night, websites of major Australian outlets including Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and The Guardian were inaccessible in 1 hour because of technical problems at the US-based cloud computing service provider Fastly.
The same incident also disrupted the operation of websites in the US, including the information website of the White House and major news agencies in the world such as CNN, BBC, Financial Times, New York Times…
Besides, there were nearly 21.000 people using Reddit who claimed they couldn’t access this web. Meanwhile, Retailer Amazon has also recorded more than 2,000 users reporting access problems.
The cause of the shutdown of thousands of government websites, news agencies, social networks and retail sites globally has been determined to be due to a power outage that made Fastly’s global service network unavailable to access. Public opinion believes that the outage of a series of important websites this time shows the fragility of the current global internet system.
According to Mr. Andy Champagne – Senior Vice President of cloud services company – Akamai, cloud computing providers usually update security rules to protect information or control servers to refresh news websites’ content before providing it to the customers. However, a simple typo in the process could affect thousands of servers and cause widespread disruption.