A number of high-profile websites including the New York Times, Reddit and Twitch have gone down in what appears to be a mass web outage.
The outage, which began shortly before 11am UK time, saw visitors to a vast array of sites receive error messages including “Error 503 Service Unavailable” and a terse “connection failure”.
Others received a “fastly error” saying the domain of a significant website such as the BBC was “unknown”.
The outage has impacted websites across the world, including 9Now and TheAge in Australia, as well as The Guardian and the BBC in the UK (so it’s not all bad news then).
The exact has cause of the outage is not currently known.
It is believed the to be connected to a global CDN disruption from provider Fastly.
Fastly has reported an issue with its CDN services.
It’s status page is not a happy read right now:
Confusingly, the outages appear to be localized.
For example, websites reportedly down elsewhere are accessible in Berlin, Germany.
This may be a caching phenomenon.
The last time something like this happened, with Cloudflare’s 2020 outage, it only affected specific cities across Europe and the Americas — localized outages appear to be the case with this latest breach, too.
Stay tuned for updates.