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Many of the world’s largest websites went down around 6:00 am eastern standard time. Sites including Gov.Uk, CNN, The New York Times, The BBC, Amazon, The Financial Times, and a host of others all briefly showed “Error 503 Service Unavailable.”
Users on social media started posting about it within the hour.
WARNING: With https://t.co/VZqFz6HC6z website being down right now, be v careful if renewing passports, GHICs, applying for marriage tax allowance, driving licence etc.
Top of search will be ads for shyster sites which look like the real thing yet charge unnecessarily.
— Martin Lewis (@MartinSLewis) June 8, 2021
According to The Independent, which says it has also been affected, “Large swathes of the internet broke after an apparent problem with the infrastructure underpinning many of the world’s biggest websites.”
They went on to add that the “issues appeared to be the result of a problem with Fastly, a cloud computing company that provides key services to many websites.”
🚨🚨 | BREAKING: Gov UK, Guardian, FT, Spectator websites all down
— Politics For All (@PoliticsForAlI) June 8, 2021
UPDATE: According to a statement from Fastly cloud service, “The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return.”
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