Multiple global and Australian news sites down including BBC, SMH, Age

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A number of news sites went down on Tuesday night including the New York Times, CNN and the BBC. Australian sites have also been hit.

Customers have been warned they could still experience issues after a huge swath of national and international sites crashed in unison on Tuesday night including the New York Times, CNN and the BBC.

The Verge, Financial Times and Bloomberg also experienced outages which lasted almost an hour, while locally, The Guardian, Nine, SMH and The Age were affected, including Channel 10 and 10play online. Users have also reported issues with 7Plus.

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The outage has gone as far as sites for the White House along with the UK government’s website – gov.UK.

Retail giant Amazon, Reddit, Netflix, Pinterest, Twitch, PayPal and Shopify were also affected.

It appears News Corp sites were unaffected by the outage.

Internet sleuths have suggested a “big attack” but the outage was caused by a data centre provider, San Francisco based Fastly.

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Most users were receiving ‘Error 503’ messages when attempting to access the sites and while a fix has been applied, users have been warned that they may “continue to experience decreased cache hit ratio and increased origin load as global services return”.

“When huge outages like this strike the internet, they are generally traced back to some central service provider, such as AWS,” said The Verge, which was forced to communicate through Google Docs.

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“In this case, it seems the cause of the problem is due to a company called Fastly, which provides CDN (content delivery network) services to many websites. Continue reading…

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