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June 08, 2021

"Internet Apocalypse:" Amazon, BBC, CNN, Reddit, Twitch, eBay and Many Other Major Sites Shut Down

Someone else's hamsters ran out of steam.

They're not saying it's a cyber attack. In fact, they're suggesting it's not.

But I wonder.

We're seeing a lot of cyberattacks on the US by Russian hackers -- with Biden doing nothing about them but approving Russian oil pipelines.

Millions of users across the globe reported problems trying to access web pages, with Netflix, Twitch and news websites including the BBC, Guardian, CNN and the New York Times hit by the problem.

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After around an hour of downtime, some websites appeared to be gradually coming back online shortly before midday, but with slow loading times.

The problem was caused by the US firm Fastly, a content delivery network (CDN) company which helps users view website content more quickly.

The aim of CDNs is to reduce latency – the delay from the moment a user makes a request to the exact instant they receive a response. The higher the latency, the worse the user experience.

But if the service suffers a failure, as Fastly's did today, it prevents the companies that use it from operating on the net at all.

Many of the world's biggest websites run on the 'edge cloud' platform's network, hence the mass outage.

So what did you guys do with your unexpected extra time?

I hope none of you stooped to working to fill up that time.


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