AWS is down – and taken huge parts of the internet with it

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UPDATE: The official AWS Dashboard has published the following statement: “We are seeing an impact on several AWS APIs in the US-EST-1 region. This issue is also affecting some of our monitoring and incident response tooling, thereby increasing our capability.” Please provide update. We have identified the root cause and are actively working towards recovery.”

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UPDATE: 12:30 ET / 16:00 GMT – DownDetector notes that outage reports are falling across the board, with some websites such as Facebook and Disney Plus almost back to normal. However the official AWS status board still shows issues for many services.

Large swathes of the Internet are facing widespread issues this morning following a possible outage to parts of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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According to data from real-time outage monitoring service DownDetector, the incident began around 12:00 ET/15:30 GMT, with thousands of users in Europe, Asia and the US registering problems.

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Along with Amazon.com, other major websites including Facebook, Disney Plus, Ring are facing problems along with Amazon services like Alexa and Prime Video.

How was downtime detected? There are many online services that actively track whether popular websites are up or down. They are a type of website monitoring services, especially useful for website builders or web hosting novices.

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Amazon’s official status dashboard has been updated with messages confirming the outage.

The problems seem to be focused on the AWS US East-1 region hosted in Virginia, with some users in other regions not seeing any interruptions.

The outages are affecting several major AWS services, including increased API error rates with Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, as well as Amazon Connect, which handles contact center calls.

The AWS Management Console and AWS Support Center are also showing “increased error messages” in all areas.

The AWS Management Console serves as a central hub for customers to access their suite of AWS services, allowing them to manage the full gamut of cloud computing and cloud storage.

AWS added on its official status page, “We are experiencing elevated error rates for the EC2 API in the US-EAST-1 region. We have identified the root cause and we are actively working toward recovery.” Huh.”

“We are experiencing API and console issues in the US-EST-1 region. We have identified the root cause and we are actively working towards recovery. This issue is affecting the Global Console landing page. which is also hosted in US-EST-1. Customers may be able to access region-specific consoles by visiting https://console.aws.amazon.com/. Hence, US-West-2 To access the console, try https://us-west-2.console.aws.amazon.com/”

This is breaking news, and will be updated as we know more…

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