A massive outage struck large swaths of the Internet early Tuesday, causing the New York Times, CNN, BBC, Amazon, Hulu and other high-traffic websites and platforms to temporarily shut down.
The problems appeared related to San Francisco cloud services company Fastly, which many companies use to help their websites load faster. Just before 7 a.m. Eastern time, Fastly said it had found the problem and applied a fix. It remains unclear what caused the outage, which was largely resolved within an hour.
The outage underscores how important little-known Internet infrastructure companies like Fastly are to the normal functioning of the web, and how even isolated disruptions can bring huge parts of online life to a halt. Pandemic-era restrictions that forced more people to turn to the web for groceries, work, school and health care has heightened the risk that broad shutdowns could cause real-world harm.From The Washington Post
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