Amazon Outage Breaks Large Parts of the Internet

Posted by Megalith 3:05 PM (CST)

Tuesday February 28, 2017

Something hit the fan with Amazon’s S3 web-based storage service earlier, and as a result, a ton of websites, apps, and devices were/are broken and inaccessible. I read that this was "sweeping the East Coast," but I am in the Tri-state area and haven’t run into anything so far. How about you?

If your favorite website or internet service isn't accessible today, it's probably not just you. Amazon Web Services' S3 cloud storage is experiencing "high error rates" that have caused chaos among many of the sites that depend on AWS to work. [Engadget] is one of them, but the failure has also affected some or all of Giphy, Medium, Slack, Quora and a slew of other websites and apps you likely use. Some connected home devices aren't working correctly, either. Even Amazon's ability to report problems was broken for a while -- the AWS dashboard wasn't changing color because its issue was "related" to S3's problems.