Major Websites down due to outage: Cyber attack suspected
Published 8 June 2021
Multiple major websites were not accessible briefly on Tuesday, due to an outage at cloud service provider Fastly.
Users in Singapore and around the globe were unable to access several major websites including the likes of Amazon, Reddit, New York Times, CNN, Twitch, Reddit, the Guardian, and the U.K. government’s home page on Tuesday evening (June 8) after it was hit by technical issues.
Attempts to access these websites returned the error code 503, which means “service unavailable”. Fastly, confirmed the outage on its website and said that it was investigating potential impact to performance with its CDN [content delivery network] services.
According to Fastly’s status page, its network was facing issues that caused “degraded performance” across all of its 81 data centres in the North America, South America, Europe, South Africa, India and Asia Pacific regions, including two data centres in Singapore.
Fastly also added that it had identified the issue and was implementing a fix. In a statement it said: “The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return.”
Fastly is a widely used service by web publishers and services and provide Edge cloud platform – a technology through which websites can store or “cache,” content in servers around the world. This allows users to retrieve the information more quickly instead of having to access the site’s original server.