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Amazon Web Services Disrupted, Outages Reported Across Multiple Sites

UPDATE 2:08 p.m. According to the Amazon Web Services dashboard: "As of 1:49 PM PST, we are fully recovered for operations for adding new objects in S3, which was our last operation showing a high error rate. The Amazon S3 service is operating normally."

UPDATE 12:26 p.m. The dashboard for Amazon Web Services has been repaired and updated to reflect error events involving Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3). The following statement was posted with the update: "We are working hard at repairing S3, believe we understand root cause, and are working on implementing what we believe will remediate the issue."

LOS ANGELES ( — Multiple websites that rely on Amazon Web Services were disrupted or down Tuesday due to an unknown issue.

Used by digital media giants such as Netflix and Reddit, AWS serves as the cloud services arm of Amazon and can cause major issues whenever its Simple Storage Service goes down. Expedia, Slack, Trello, Quora, Business Insider, and Giphy were among those affected by the outage, according to reports.

The outage apparently started sometime before 10 a.m. PT and was reportedly centered on AWS' East Coast servers.

In a statement posted to its AWS page, Amazon acknowledged "increased error rates" and "availability issue" but did not elaborate on the details.

The Associated Press also reported "issues with delays" involving the wire service's content delivery system. It wasn't clear whether the outage was related to Amazon.

A statement released by AP read: "Please be advised, we are currently experiencing issues whereby content is delayed on our AP services. Our engineers are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible."

Even Is It Down Right Now, the website which alerts users when a website goes down, was unavailable Tuesday morning.


In addition to websites, connected appliances like thermostats, light bulbs and other hardware were also affected, with some users unable to control affected devices due to the outage, according to TechCrunch.

A similar "increased error rate" event involving AWS occurred in July 2008, an outage which lasted for several hours that was ultimately fixed by hard reboot.


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